Xi extends Int'l Workers' Day greetings to workers nationwide

Labour Day also known as May Day will be observed around the world including Rawalpindi to express solidarity with workers and labourers on Tuesday. May Day, as it is popularly known, is celebrated for workers and labourers.

The annual workers' holiday in the Anatolian country has traditionally been a time that workers, unsatisfied with the working conditions, stage demonstrations, leading to confrontation between protesters and police. The Labour Day annually celebrates the achievements of the workers.

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Here is all you need to know about Labour Day including its history and why it's celebrated on May 1.

Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which happened on May 4, 1886 in Chicago and was the culmination of a general strike that started on May 1. In the meeting, Singaravelu passed a resolution which stated that the government should announce a national holiday on the May Day or labour Day in India.

In Nepal also, various trade union organisations are preparing to celebrate the Day by organising different programmes on the occasion.

The International Labour Day is a three-day holiday in China and people usually celebrate by going on shopping sprees and visiting scenic spots around the country.

May Day and the struggle for an eight-hour work day had its origins in the Industrial Revolution where industrial production in large factories transformed working life. The day coincides with "Maharashtra Day" and "Gujarat Day' when the two states attained statehood after the erstwhile Bombay state was divided on the basis of languages spoken by the people".

Socialists in Europe seized on the movement a few years later, choosing the day to honor the "Haymarket martyrs", and the day began to spread.

Generally, on labour Day, public speeches are delivered by leaders of various political parties.

  • Joey Payne