International Labour Day 2017: Google honours Labour Day with doodle

Nithya Nair
In India, the first formal celebration of Labour Day was held on May 1, 1923, in Chennai.

Google has paid respect to workforce around the globe on International Labour Day 2017 with a doodle. The Google Doodle which is not available in India shows tall buildings, windmills, farms, architects which are all run by the labour in the world. The doodle is available in Russia, China, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Sweden, France, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Colombia, Romania, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Bulgaria and a few more nations.International Labour Day came into being after workers protested for the eight-hour work day. It is the labour movement of the 1800s which has resulted in paid leaves, proper wages and breaks for the workforce.

May 1 was declared as Internationa Labour Day as in 1884 the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demand for an eight-hour work which came into effect as of May 1, 1886. The protest also resulted in Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which four people were killed and many wounded. Following the incident, the eight-hour workday was sanctioned. Today, International Workers’ Day is viewed as a public holiday in over 80 countries. May Day 2017: Origin & Importance of Labour Day aka International Workers’ Day

In India, the first formal celebration of Labour Day was held on May 1, 1923, in Chennai and was initiated by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan. The day is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas in India. It is known as May Day and by various names in different languages in the country. In Hindi, the day is known as Kamgar Din, Kamgar Divas in Marathi and Uzhaipalar Dhinam in Tamil.