Holidays are coming
Labour Day in Russia
The International Labor Day is celebrated nowadays in 142 countries of the world on May 1 or the first Monday in May. Next week the parades will take place in many Russian cities. For a long time, Russians have been associating it with revolution and class struggle, but this context was lost gradually. For a number of countries, the tradition of gathering people under the banners of trade unions has still been preserved, but in most countries it is not a political holiday, namely Labor Day, but a bright spring holiday, when folk festivities, performances of artists, fairs, peaceful processions and many entertainment events are organized. And for someone, it’s just another day off, during which you can just relax or spend time with your family.
Parades and demonstrates: how do people in Petrozavodsk praise the human labor?
What about the history of the holiday? On May 1, 1886, American workers organized a strike, demanding an 8-hour working day. The strike and the accompanying demonstration ended up in a bloody clash with the police. In July 1889, the Paris Congress, in memory of the workers’ speech in Chicago, decided to hold annual demonstrations on May 1. For the first time, the day of international workers’ solidarity was marked in 1890 in Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, the USA, Norway, France, Sweden and some other countries.
Speaking about Petrozavodsk, there are a lot of people who celebrate this holiday. Besides, there are annual meetings and parades on Kirova’s square where thousands of people gather together to praise the human labor and to stand for their rights as the citizens of this country. There is also a speech from the major of Petrozavodsk who reports about fundamental changes in the social life of the town and motivates people to work for the welfare of future generations.
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