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International Workers' Day (Labour Day/May Day)

International Workers' Day is also celebrated as Labour Day or May Day
International Workers' Day - May Day

International Workers' Day is a UN designated holiday that is celebrated in most countries worldwide. This is an international day to observe what some countries refer to as Labour Day or May Day. It is celebrated around the world as a day to honor labourers and the working classes.

International Workers' Day (Labour Day / May Day) originates from the labour movements in the 19th century when the trade union and labour movements were growing in the U.S. At the time, most workers worked 10-hour days and were calling for workers to have eight hour days so they could have equal time for recreation and for rest. May 1 was chosen to be International Workers' Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, where a strike was held in support of the 8-hour day. 

Today, it is an international holiday where many countries across the globe celebrate a day off of work. Many protests are held on this day to fight for workers rights, while in some countries, workers celebrate by spending recreational time with friends and family or just enjoying a day off of work. 

The day off of work is on May 1st, and if the date falls on a weekend, most countries celebrate it the following Monday. Some Countries, such as the U.S. celebrate Labor Day on a different Date. See: Labor Day