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International Labour Day 2023: History, Significance, Quotes

International Labour Day 2023: History, Significance, Quotes – Every year, International Labour Day is observed on May 1st. this day aims to spread awareness among people regarding the global concerns of humanity. In India, the 1st Labour Day or May Day was celebrated in Madras (now known as Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1st, 1923.

  • May Day or Labour Day was started with a concept that started the eight-hour movement thus promoting a schedule of eight hours for labour, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
  • The day honours the enormous amount of effort put in by the working class, informs them of their rights, and protects them against exploitation.

International Labour Day 2023: History

  • The first May Day celebrations were held on May 1st 1890 after its proclamation by the first international congress of socialist parties in Europe on July 14th 1889 in Paris, France, to dedicate May 1 annually as the “Workers Day of International Unity and Solidarity.”
  • In the United States of America, The concept of Labour Day was initiated to honour the 1886 countrywide strike for an eight-hour day.
  • It started on 1 May and concluded in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, the United States, 1st May has been designated as Labour Day.
  • In India, the first May Day was observed on 1 May 1923 in Madras and it was founded by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan. The Labour or May Day is called by different names across different states including Kamgar Din (Hindi), Karmikara Dinacharane (Kannada), Karmika Dinotsavam (Telugu), Kamgar Divas (Marathi), Uzhaipalar Dhinam (Tamil), Thozhilaali Dinam (Malayalam), and Shromik Dibosh (Bengali).

International Labour Day 2023: Significance

  • The main purpose of observing International Labour Day is to spread awareness about the workers and labours who are investing their time and toil in different available work options.
  • The day highlights paying respect for any kind of work.

International Labour Day 2023: Theme

  • Last year, the theme 2019 for International Labour Day was ‘Uniting the workers for economic as well as social advancement”.
  • In 2020, the Theme has been changed due to the COVID-19 Disease alert in the world, the theme for International Labour Day 2020 is – maintaining safety and security at the workplace.

International Labour Day 2023: Quotes

  • “Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou
  • “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” —Margaret Mead
  • “Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” —Ralph Marston
  • “Without labor nothing prospers.” —Sophocles
  • “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play.” —Arnold J. Toynbee
  • “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” —Babe Ruth
  • “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” —Tricia Cunningham
  • “No human masterpiece has been created without great labor.” —Andre Gide

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