Originating in Chicago, the International Worker’s Day is a holiday in more than 80 countries of the world and commemorates the establishment of the eight-hour workday in 1886. Here are some fun facts about this day.
- Although it started in the United States, the united states actually celebrates Labor Day on September 1st.
- In Argentina it was banned twice because the country was run by dictators, in 1930 and in 1966.
- In italy it was also abolished by the fascist regime but it was restored after war. Now it is a major celebration with concerts in Rome plazas that attract over 500.000 people.
- In Ireland it is celebrated along with the christian holiday of St. Joseph the Worker.
- In Japan it is not considered a national holiday although most employers give the employees the day off and others take a paid leave.
- The United Arab Emirates do not observe May 1st and continue work as usual.