Apr 29, 2008

May 1 is International Worker's Day

International Worker’s Day, commonly referred to as May Day, is tomorrow.

Although it commemorates a moment of United States history, May Day is not as widely celebrated in the United States as it is around the globe.

Originally observed in 1890, the day was created to honor the anniversary of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, organizers at the Second International called for international demonstrations in recognition of the Chicago event.

In countries other than the United States and Canada, resident working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday and their efforts largely succeeded. For this reason, in most of the world today, May Day is marked by massive street rallies led by workers, their trade unions, anarchists and various communist and socialist parties.

President Grover Cleveland feared that recognizing International Worker’s Day would be an opportunity to commemorate the riots, and instead chose to make Labor Day in September – a day promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor – the official federal holiday for the working classes.

Let us know how you are celebrating International Worker's Day.

No comments: