Search Giant Google has put a unique doodle on its Homepage on the occasion of this Labour Day. The doodle features a pair of gloves, rolls of insulating tape, a wrench and a measuring tape on the doodle image. It is also known as International Workers’ Day or May Day in several countries.
While previous doodles were dedicated to Labourers in Automobile, and Construction Industry, this doodle is exclusively dedicated to Mechanical Workers, irrespective of industries.
However this doodle is not global, and is shown in selected countries only. This includes, India, Saudi Arabia, Finland, South Africa, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and few other small countries. For other countries Google has put different sets of doodle. For e.g. in UK it has shown a doodle dedicated to 175th anniversary of penny black stamp.
Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
In India, Labour Day was first celebrated in Chennai (then known as Madras) on May 1, 1923. The initiative was taken by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan. The leader of the party, Comrade Singaravelar arranged two meetings to celebrate this occasion. One meeting was held at the Triplicane Beach, and the other took place at the beach opposite Madras High Court. On the meeting, Singaravelar passed a resolution which stated that the government should announce a national holiday on the May Day or Labour Day in India.
Now Labour Day is a national holiday in India. It has got local names in different parts of the country, for e.g. it is known as “Kamgar Din” in Hindi, “Kamgar Divas” in Marathi and “Uzhaipalar Dinam” in Tamil.