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International Worker's Day: 1st May

Published on May 02, 2019
International Worker's Day also known as Labour Day and May Day, is observed on 1st May every year, to promote and encourage the international labour associations.
International Worker's Day: 1st May


  • The theme of Labour Day 2019 is 'Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement'.
  • Labour Day provides the Labours their right to work for only 8 hours a day.

Let us have a look at history:

  • 1st May was chosen to be International Workers' Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.
  • In that year beginning on 1st May, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday.
  • On 4th May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb.
  • Due to which several people and police officers died and more than 100 people were injured.
  • In 1889, a meeting took place in Paris where it was decided to celebrate May Day on an annual basis through a proposal given by Raymond Lavigne.

May Day in India:

  • The first celebration of the day in India was organised in Madras (now Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1st, 1923.
  • This was also the time when the Red Flag (the day's symbol used since its foundation) was first used in India.


Q. When is the International Worker's Day also known as Labour Day and May Day observed every year?
a. 1st May

b. 2nd May
c. 3rd May
d. 4th May
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