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International Workers Day or May Day

 



May 1 - International Workers' Day more familiar as May Day is a celebration of labour and the working classes, promoted by international labour movement, which advocates eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. The celebration dates back to 1886 originating in Chicago. The theme of International Labour Day for 2017 is “Celebrating the international labour movement”. Anybody who visits Chennai would never miss the “Triumph of Labour statue” known as “Uzhaipalar Silai” in Tamil. The statue signifies that Victory of human spirit over any adversities is possible when we unite ourselves and work. May day marks and honours the contribution of the working sector of men and women around the world. It constitutes a yearly National acknowledgment to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. Dignity of labour is spread around for the younger generation to understand instead of looking at it as yet another holiday. It's a day to showcase the strength of the workers and how effectively their struggle can bring in positive reforms for the working class of the society. Younger generation understand the bond of togetherness, strength of unity, respecting fellow human beings etc, which is the essence or the need of the hour. India’s very first Labour Day, "Uzhaipalar Dhinam" as known in Tamil was celebrated on May 1, 1923 in Chennai, on Marina Beach. The Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan had organized the celebration and a resolution was passed stating the state government to declare it a holiday. While the Marina Beach has become the landmark of Chennai city, the statue of the “Triumph of labour” has become the land mark of Marina Beach since it was erected proving that hard work never fails and gets its due respect.

- Priya Prabhakaran


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