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1 May — The Day of Spring and Labour



International history of the holiday starts in Chicago in 1886, when workers went on a strike demanding 8-hour working day instead of 15-hour.

Once it was called The Day of International Solidarity of Working People, which was first celebrated in 1890 in Russia, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, the USA, Norway, France, Sweden, and come other countries. After the Socialist Revolution in October 1917 this holiday became official in Russia.

In Soviet times demonstrations and military parades took place on this day, and the next day was usually dedicated to the so called mayovkas (mass celebrations held outdoors).

In 1992 the holiday was renamed The Day of Spring and Labour. This day is often used for political activities by left-wing parties and movements.

Initially this holiday has pagan origin. In Roman mythology there was Maia Maiestas, goddess of fields and fertility. In her honour the last spring month has been named May, and the first day of the month was sacred to her, on this day celebrations were held.

Text in the picture:

Look, all Soviet country

is singing and dancing!

There is no one brighter and prettier than you,

Our red spring!










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