International Worker’s Day – forthcoming May Day

Also known as Labour Day, this year here in Serbia is celebrated as International Workers’ Day since the communist time, despite ‘other times’ herein. May 1 was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures, and many elements of these holidays are still celebrated on May 1 today, such as the Maypole.

In America, May Day is commonly celebrated as a commemoration of the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, which occurred on May 4, but was the culmination of labor unrest which began on May 1. The date consequently became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday during the 20th century, and in these circles it is often known as International Workers’ Day or Labour Day. In this form, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement.

All institutions, organizations, universities have siesta time – long weekend plus May 1st and 2nd.  By the way, my Google shows me May day under the Communism tag, under StumbleUpon.As I participated today in blogging survey on blogs and preservation, I can take a siesta time until Monday when I will be interviewed for specialized paper journal on eScience, talk on e-publishing and other issues. During my trip time, I’ll try to catch some interesting photographs/moments of Serbia’s labouring time.  Who says that we are not working nation?


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