International Workers’ Day or International Labour Day or Labour’s Day is observed each year on the 1st of May to celebrate the achievements of the working class and honors the millions of hardworking professionals. This important day is also called ‘May Day’ and it’s a public holiday in many countries.
Labour’s Day is a public holiday in India as well, where it is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas (International Labour Day). The day has
Multiple names across the states in India
Significance of International Labour Day
The Labour day has its origins within the labour union movement, particularly the eight-hour day movement, which supports eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest and it does apply to all the working-class people across the world.
History of International Labour Day
The May Day was first celebrated on May 1st 1890 and after its proclamation by the first international congress of socialist parties in Europe on July 14th 1889 in Paris, France, to dedicate the 1st May as the “Workers Day of International Unity and Solidarity.
The date was chosen because of the events on the opposite side of the Atlantic. In 1884 the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labour Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to return in effect as of May 1st 1886. This resulted the general strike and therefore the Haymarket (in Chicago) Riot of 1886 took place, but eventually also within the official sanction of the eight-hour workday.
Indian History for International Labour day
The first May Day celebration in India was organised in Chennai (Earlier Madras) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923, this time the red flag was first used in India and this day is tied to labour movements for communist & socialist political parties.
Here one more thing is important is that 1St May is also celebrated as ‘Maharashtra Day’ and ‘Gujarat Day’ to mark the date in 1960, when the two western states has got the statehood after the former Bombay State was divided on linguistic lines.
Quotes for Labour’s Day
- Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle
- Without labour, nothing prospers. – Sophocles
- Dare to be honest and fear no labour. – Robert Burns
- Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. – Harvey Mackay
- The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. – Mother Teresa
- Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. – Thomas Edison
- Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work. – Booker T. Washington
- No human masterpiece has been created without great labour.– Andre Gide
- Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. – Ovid
- Nothing will work unless you do – Maya Angelou
- Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams. – Donovan Baile
- No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
- A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.- Albert Einstein
- I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work. – Louis C. K.
- There is no substitute for hard work.- Thomas A. Edison.