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1st May





sudipbanerjee
Today is 1st May. Most of the countries celebrate this day as International Worker's Day. How you celebrate it in your country?
deanhills
No celebration in the UAE. As far as I know no celebration in Canada either.
dharmin
Apart from being celebrated as International Worker's day in India, 1st May is more importantly celebrated as Maharashtra Day in Maharashtra, India!

We call it Maharashtra Din in Marathi and Hindi, is a state holiday in Maharashtra, India commemorating the formation of the state of Maharashtra from the division of the Bombay State on 1 May 1960.

The state of Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed as a result of this movement according to the Bombay Reorganisation Act

Maharashtra Day is commonly associated with parades and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history and traditions of Maharashtra.

I specially remember this day from my childhood because it was the day every year when we were given our school report card!

Jai maharashtra! Very Happy Very Happy
chatrack
Hi,

We celebrate May Day. It is day for working humans
Nyasro
Organizing programming for workers
kaysch
sudipbanerjee wrote:
Today is 1st May. Most of the countries celebrate this day as International Worker's Day. How you celebrate it in your country?



This morning there was a demonstration of unions, left-wing political parties and others in the city centre. As you can see it has been a beautiful sunny day.


Also the mayor (a social democrat) participated. He's the bald guy with the white shirt.

I guess that afterwards most people enjoyed their day off in parks, lakes or at the river.
coolclay
It'd be nice to have a day like that in the US. But as far as I know there is none. We just keep working away for little pay!
deanhills
coolclay wrote:
It'd be nice to have a day like that in the US. But as far as I know there is none. We just keep working away for little pay!
Canada and the US must have the least holidays in the world. Starting with something like two weeks - if one is lucky to get paid holidays.
kaysch
deanhills wrote:
coolclay wrote:
It'd be nice to have a day like that in the US. But as far as I know there is none. We just keep working away for little pay!
Canada and the US must have the least holidays in the world. Starting with something like two weeks - if one is lucky to get paid holidays.

In Germany the law guarantees 20 days of vacation, on top there are some bank holidays, differing from region to region. In bigger companies one typically gets 30 days plus the allowance to reduce extra hours by taking days off - within limits. So in the company I worked for previously I could take off 36 days a year.
The background of that legislation is that workers can recharge their batteries to be productive again. And it works - I enjoy taking those days a lot, and I feel recharged afterwards... Smile
I wonder why American companies don't give their employees the same benefits. At the end of the day it would be to their advantage.
standready
kaysch wrote:
I wonder why American companies don't give their employees the same benefits.

Because it cost money!!! Even your German companies with employees here worked them to the end.

Only May Day item here in the US is illegals crying for easy citizenship.
Ankhanu
deanhills wrote:
No celebration in the UAE. As far as I know no celebration in Canada either.

Yeah, no celebration here in Canada.
Vanilla
kaysch's pictures look like May 1st here in Brazil. Lots of protests (though they don't really have much to protest about), marches... And some celebration. May 1st for me was all about not doing any sort of job. We got fast food for lunch and I slept the whole afternoon (even forgot about my soap opera Sad). Now we're going to get more fast food for dinner and yay for not having to do dishes. Very Happy
sudipbanerjee
Thanks for all comments.
spinout
We had our share of red flags and speakers. But that share was little to small...
RosenCruz
We in Turkey celebrate it under heavy police fachism, every year. Still people are afraid of communism and socialism here and it is 2013. For god sake. Crying or Very sad
grofet
So many labor demonstration on the street, asking for salary raise and freedom from outsourcing system to the government. 1st may is not a national day a my country but so many labor not going to work as protest.
TheGremlyn
deanhills wrote:
coolclay wrote:
It'd be nice to have a day like that in the US. But as far as I know there is none. We just keep working away for little pay!
Canada and the US must have the least holidays in the world. Starting with something like two weeks - if one is lucky to get paid holidays.


I almost feel like we have a tone of Holidays! I mean, I think kids in public school and high school get the most days off around here (where I live) and the numbers seem to go down from there.

Side note: There's only 1 day I'll be celebrating in May Razz Usually involves a song and some cake and candles and PRESENTS! Obviously friends and family too...
Ankhanu
TheGremlyn wrote:
deanhills wrote:
coolclay wrote:
It'd be nice to have a day like that in the US. But as far as I know there is none. We just keep working away for little pay!
Canada and the US must have the least holidays in the world. Starting with something like two weeks - if one is lucky to get paid holidays.


I almost feel like we have a tone of Holidays! I mean, I think kids in public school and high school get the most days off around here (where I live) and the numbers seem to go down from there.

Side note: There's only 1 day I'll be celebrating in May Razz Usually involves a song and some cake and candles and PRESENTS! Obviously friends and family too...

Yeah, there's pretty much a holiday every month... not quite, but close enough.
deanhills
I guess my holiday is coming up on 24 May. Five years with Frihost. Can't believe how fast the time has flown.

kaysch
standready wrote:
kaysch wrote:
I wonder why American companies don't give their employees the same benefits.

Because it cost money!!! Even your German companies with employees here worked them to the end.

Only May Day item here in the US is illegals crying for easy citizenship.


Interesting comment because it shows the different tradition in the US vs. Germany with regards to social benefits (and German companies in the US seem to adapt to local standards).

You are of course right that in the short term a company will have costs if it allows its employees to take vacation.

On the other hand the idea of company-paid vacation is that people can relax and recharge their batteries. Afterwards they will be fresher, more productive and more creative again. So a company may have a direct cost disadvantage but benefit from the better physical and psychical status of employees. But that effect is more medium or even long-term. Besides, it may be more attractive for good employees and prevent fluctuation - which is pretty costly.

So in my mind on balance there is an advantage rather than a disadvantage for a company if it handles that issue generously. Anyway the small trading company I work for has just increased the vacation days to 30 for each employee.
Bluedoll
[quote="kaysch"]
sudipbanerjee wrote:
Today is 1st May. Most of the countries celebrate this day..

I guess that afterwards most people enjoyed their day off in parks, lakes or at the river.
Seems like a good idea though I am not sure it looks like a holiday? There are some days off that are not always holidays for example day of remembrance.

Maybe it could be called day to make note of?
kaysch
[quote="Bluedoll"]
kaysch wrote:
sudipbanerjee wrote:
Today is 1st May. Most of the countries celebrate this day..

I guess that afterwards most people enjoyed their day off in parks, lakes or at the river.
Seems like a good idea though I am not sure it looks like a holiday? There are some days off that are not always holidays for example day of remembrance.

Maybe it could be called day to make note of?


Although the demonstration in the city centre was big, you are right. Many people don't go demonstrating anymore but simply enjoy the day off. And the reason might simply be that the workers movement has largely reached its goals. There is a social insurance, paid vacation, less working accidents and healthy working hours.
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