Update May 1, 2018

Dhaka 3-33 pm, 11-August, 2020

Historic May Day being observed

Mirajul Moin Joy

1 May 2018, Nirapad news: The historic May Day is being observed today in the country and elsewhere across the globe with a renewed pledge to build an exploitation-free society by establishing the rights of the working people.

Several trade unions, professional bodies, worker groups, political parties, socio-cultural organizations, different government and non- government organizations are celebrating the day through various programmes.

The programmes include colourful rallies, discussions and cultural functions.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion of the historic May Day. They extended their greetings to all working people of the world including Bangladesh.

Leader of the Opposition Begum Rawshan Ershad also issued a message on the occasion of the day.

Like in the previous years, the Labour and Employment Ministry has drawn up a two-day programme to observe the Day at the state level.

As part of the programme, a colourful rally was brought out from Dainik Bangla crossing in the morning and it ended in front of the National Press Club on Topkhana Road after parading Dainik Bangla and Paltan intersections.

Besides, a discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 4 pm today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the discussion as the chief guest. The discussion will be followed by a cultural function.

On May 3, the ministry will also arrange another discussion at Jatiya Press Club VIP lounge at 10 am marking the May Day.

The May Day is also known as International Labour Day and the International Worker’s Day which is celebrated at international level to promote and encourage the international labour associations.

It is being celebrated all across the world every year on 1st of May which has been declared as the traditional spring holiday in Europe. It has also been declared as the national holiday in almost 80 countries of the world whereas it is being celebrated as an unofficial event in most of the countries.

The day is observed across the world every year since 1886 commemorating the supreme sacrifices of the workers at Hay Market, Chicago, in the USA for an eight-hour working day and upholding the rights of the working class.

Working people sacrificed their lives on May 1, 1886 and the following days, for realising their demands, in bomb attacks and heavy police actions.

The day is a public holiday. All public and private offices, educational institutions, courts, banks and mills and factories remain closed.

Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and other private television channels and radio stations are airing special programmes on the occasion.

National dailies published special supplements highlighting the significance of May Day.

On the occasion, Srama Bhaban, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, different street islands of the capital were decorated with banners, festoons and placards.

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