India celebrates May Day, PM Modi salutes hardwork of workers
New Delhi, May 1 (IBNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has saluted the hardwork, determination and dedication of millions of Shramiks (workers), on Labour Day as India along with the rest of the world observed the May Day.
"On Labour Day, we salute the hardwork, determination and dedication of millions of Shramiks who have an invaluable role in the making of India," the Prime Minister said.
May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.
May Day falls exactly half a year from Nov 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
The day is also known as International Workers' Day. It is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements.
Across different parts of the world, the day commonly witnesses organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions.
May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.
May Day is a nationwide bank and public holiday in India.
The holiday is tied to labour movements for communist and socialist political parties.
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