International Labour Day – May Day

May 1, 2021

Labour Day also known as International Workers’ Day or May Day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on 1st May. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement in the US in the 19th century when the industrialists used to exploit the labour class and made them work up to 15 hours a day. The workers rose against this exploitation and demanded paid leaves, proper wages and breaks for the workforce.
May Day is a national public holiday in Nepal since 2007 though it has been celebrated in Nepal since 1963. The date is currently celebrated specifically as “Labor Day” or “International Workers’ Day” in the majority of countries, including those that didn’t traditionally celebrate May Day. Some countries celebrate Labor Day on other dates significant to them, such as the United States, which celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September.
P.S. Nepal has a labour force of 16.8-million-workers, the 37th largest in the world as of 2017.