Labour Day in India Celebrated May 1, 2014

By Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.
April 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

India will be celebrating Labour Day on May 1, 2014. The day is also known as May Day, it falls on International Workers Day, and is a national and a bank holiday in the country.

Provinces celebrating the holiday include: Andhra Pradesh (AP), Assam (AS), Bihar (BR), Goa (GA), Karnataka (KA), Kerala (KL), Manipur (MN), Puducherry (PY), Tamil Nadu (TN), Tripura (TR), West Bengal (WB). 

The history of the holiday dates back to 1886 in Chicago, USA, where a general strike turned into a violent display as people demanded the eight-hour workday.

The day was then marked internationally as a time for demonstrations and riots. In 1904, the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam called on all organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate on May 1, and demand the legal establishment of the eight-hour work day. 

In India, the frist Labor Day was celebrated in 1923 in Chennai. Today, organizations and trade unions across India organize pageants and contests for kids to educated them about workers rights. Political figures also typically give speeches on May Day. 

Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.