The first day of May is May Day, “an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.
In the late 19th Century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialist of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. In those countries that celebrate International Workers’ Day, the day may also be referred to as “May Day” but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.” – Wikipedia.
How does May Day 2015 look like? RT News reports May Day events around the world:
“Thousands have rallied worldwide to celebrate International Workers’ Day or May Day, the largest labor holiday in the world. In some countries demonstrations have turned violent with police deploying tears gas.
Several hundred people took to the streets in Istanbul with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters at the landmark Taksim Square, the Hurriyet Daily reported. Some 10,000 officers were on patrol in the area.
At least five people were detained in the Okmeydanı neighborhood of Istanbul after being found in possession of gas masks and marbles. Also two women were arrested at Taksim Square when they attempted to unfurl a banner.
Some people were shouting “Long Live May 1!” and “shoulder to shoulder against Fascism!”
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu earlier said only “symbolic” rallies are allowed and any attempt to stage mass demos will be blocked.
In Ukraine, about a thousand supporters of the Communist Party gathered in Kiev despite the authorities banning May Day demonstrations with Communist flags in the center of the city, RIA Novosti reported.
About 100,000 people have gathered in the Russian capital to take park in May Day demonstrations. People are carrying balloons, flowers and placards calling for “Decent work! Decent wages!”
Massive May Day rallies have also descended on the streets of London. The march, organized mainly by trade unions and other London-based workers’ communities, started at Clerkenwell Green and continued to Trafalgar Square.
One million Cubans are demonstrating on Havana´s Revolution Square, local press reported. The Cuban Worker´s Confederation said the rally will reaffirm the people´s determination to keep fighting for socialism.
Thousands of workers have staged demonstrations in Athens, Greece. The rally was held amid a train and tram drivers’ strike, which was disrupting the capital’s metro and national rail services.
Labor Day rallies in the US are focusing on police brutality in the wake of a series of black men’s’ deaths after encounters with officers of the law.”
Ironically, “May Day, May Day” is also used as a distress signal. With the great wealth chasm between the rich capitalists and workers, the cries of “May Day” does symbolise a distress call to awaken the world to this dangerous class divide that if not arrested soon enough, will tear society apart.
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.