Tens of thousands of people across Turkey mark May Day

In some countries, the particular day is celebrated on a separate day, but the significance remains the same.

May Day dates back centuries and originated as a pagan festival in the Roman era, although it later became known as Gaelic May Day - or Beltane - in Ireland and Scotland as a halfway date between the spring equinox and summer solstice.

In the USA, on May 4, 1886, a rally was ongoing in Chicago in support of workers who were striking for an eight hour work day and also protesting the killings of a number of workers by the police.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended wishes for happiness, peace, prosperity and insurance of labor rights to all the Nepali workers spread around the globe on the occasion of the International Workers' Day or May Day.

Haymarket affair refers to a bombing and killing of workers by police.

The day, dedicated to workers around the world, is a public holiday in many countries.

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To honour the working class, May 1 is celebrated as International Labour Day, also known as May Day. 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". It was the Labour Kisan Party who had organised the May Day celebrations in Chennai (then Madras). More pro-immigrant rallies are planned this year in multiple cities.

In India, the first Labour day or May Day was celebrated in the year 1923.

Former president of Nepal Trade Union Congress Laxman Bahadur Basnet stressed the need to formulate and implement worker-friendly policy when the new government is in place as per the constitution. Demonstrations were also held in Chile and Peru.

Various rituals are performed in countries across the world including maypole dancing, garland making and morris dancing.

In the Russian capital, thousands of people led by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin marched across the Red Square to commemorate the May Day.

  • Adam Floyd