International Workers’ Day, often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
- In 1887, Oregon was the first state to make Labour Day a legal holiday.
- Labour Day originally was meant to recognize the contributions of the American workforce, and it had strong ties to the labour union movement. Today, it is seen more as a chance to celebrate the (unofficial) last weekend of summer.
- Throughout much of the 19th century, it was common for American labourers to work 12-hour days to make a living. Children often worked in factories and mines, and there were few regulations to support workers. On September 3, 1916, the Adamson Act was passed by Congress, establishing an eight-hour workday.
- As Labour Day has often been seen as the unofficial end of summer, many upper-class citizens would pack away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to work and school. This had led to the expression no white after Labour Day.
- Labour Day marks the end of peak hot dog season. From Memorial Day to Labour Day, Americans eat roughly 7 billion hot dogs. After Labour Day, many Americans will start obsessing over pumpkin spice.
- 1st May is also celebrated as Maharashtra Day & Gujrat Day as this day in 1960 embarked the formation of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
No Work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.