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May Day 2020: Date, history and why we celebrate this International Workers' day

May Day 2020: Every year May 1 is marked to celebrate the working class. Read on to know more about its history and significance.
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May 1 is marked as International Labour Day or May Day every year to celebrate the working class. In India, this day is also called Antarrashtriya Sharmik Diwas or Kamgar Din in Hindi. The origin of this day dates back to the 19th century in the United States when there were revolutions. It was during the rise of industrialisation when the labour class was being exploited to the point that they had to take a stand. 

History of May Day 

The workers were forced to work for 15 hours a day during the rise of industrialisation in the 19th century. On May 1, 1886, the labour union in the United States of America decided to go on a strike with the demand that the working hours should be reduced from 15 hours to 8 hours. They also demanded paid leaves, proper wages and breaks for the workforce. The strike was followed by a bomb blast in Chicago which led to several casualties. Even though the strike didn’t have an immediate result, it helped establish the 8-hour workday in many parts of the World, including India. 

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The International Workers’ Day was first celebrated in India in 1923 in Chennai (former Madras) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan. It was started with the intentions that the government should grant workers a national holiday on May 1. Interestingly, this day is also marked as ‘Maharashtra Day’ or ‘Gujarat Day’ to celebrate the date when these two modern states attained statehood on linguistic lines. There is a different story of May 1 in most of the countries but the main purpose of the day remains the same. 

How is the day celebrated? 

It is observed as a national holiday in India and people mark the occasion by celebrating the accomplishments of workers. The day represents the hard work and the dedication workers put in their work and how they work as a team to achieve a single goal.  

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