May day is a day celebrated by most of the nations in the world. But not all of them celebrate the same thing. And not in the same way. And they didn't always celebrate what they celebrate now. But how much fun trivia associated with this special day do you know?
In 1889, during the Second International, a conference organized by prominent socialists, 1 May was declared as International Workers Day.
In India, May Day in its various incarnations is referred to as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas, though it may be called other names in different parts of the country
Answer: New Zealand
New Zealand is credited with being the first country to actually institute the 8-hour work day thanks to the efforts of the legendary Samuel Parnell, who believed only a third of the day should be dedicated to labor. However, back then, these standards were restricted only to skilled workers, with Uruguay being the first nation to bring about a universal 8-hour work day for all laborers in 1915.
Answer: Saint Walpurgis
Large parts of Central and Northern Europe celebrated Walpurgis Night in acknowledgement of the saint of the same name who was canonized on 1 May, 870.
Answer: 8-Hour Work Day
The strike which eventually led to the Haymarket Affair was based on workers' demand for an 8-hour work day instead of the 12-hour standard of those times. This is why labor unions around the world have such a high regard for International Workers Day.
Samuel Parnell (1810-1890), an immigrant from London to New Zealand, was a carpenter.
There is perhaps no part of the United States which celebrates May Day as colorfully as Hawaii, since 1 May also serves as Lei Day when the culture of all of the different Hawaiian islands are recognized.
in recent years authorities have closed the Magdalen Bridge in Oxford to prevent people from jumping into the shallow River Cherwell below on May Day, but some still do so and sometimes suffer serious injuries as a result.
Kenya is known for raising its minimum wage annually on May Day (which they refer to as Labor Day), sometimes to the chagrin of employers.
In order for everyone to get May Day off in England, May 1st would have to be on a Monday.