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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 11:28

majowka1st of May is International Labor Day, celebrated in Poland since 1899, and it is the first day of holiday season called "Majówka", together with 3rd of May (National day of enactment of the Constitution of 3rd May  in 1791). May is the time in Poland when usually beautifull weather starts, and most of people enjoys this holidays relaxing with nature.


In most of European countries Labor day is celebrated on the 1st of May since 1890. In Poland the holiday was declared in 1899 by an association of socialist parties and organizations called II Międzynarodówka (II International). The date was chosen to commemorate the strike of the workers in Chicago on May 1, 1886. In socialist countries it was one of the most important national holidays, which was also called the Feast of Working Class. On this day the Party organized parades, rallies and meetings, in whose presence was often mandatory. After the fall of communism festival has lost its relevance.

EuroMayDay celebrations began in Milan, in 2004 the idea was picked up in Barcelona a year later EuroMayDay celebrations were held throughout Europe. In 2005 EuroMayDay about 200,000 people. It is not a celebration of the working class but a movement to improove work and life of all working people


May 1st, 1982 - martial state in Poland; official communist "Workers' Day" procession in Wrocław
Photo: www.wikipedia.pl Author: Julo

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