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How different Asian countries celebrate Labour Day?

How different Asian countries celebrate Labour Day?

Labour Day also known as International Worker's Day originated in 1886 in Chicago, America, where workers began a peaceful rally, demanding workers should not be allowed to work more than 8 hours each day and overall better working rights. During the protest a bomb was released, causing mass havoc, several casualties and more than 100 people being injured by the blast. This tragic event was the catalyst for the international labour movement.

Since then, over 80 countries around the world continue to celebrate the achievements made by workers and trade unions. This annual holiday is usually acknowledged on the 1st of May, but varies across countries.


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 China

In China, Labour Day has been celebrated since 1950 and it is remembered by a three-day weekend, usually celebrated by visiting scenic locations around the country. Such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and the Yungang Grottoes. Site seeing is typically done during this long weekend, as the government reduces admissions fees around over 1,200 tourist destinations during this holiday period, with an average discount rate of 20%. Sightseeing is also made even more cheaper with the cost of highway tolls being free of charge for small passenger vehicles. This day is also celebrated with award ceremonies where workers are given praise and officials project a grand speech to commemorate the day. 


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India

On the contrary to China, India uses this day as not only a day of commemoration and celebration to the men and women who have worked tirelessly towards making our lives better but it is a day of protests and pain for those who still do not have proper working rights and regulations. In India workers participate in a procession to continue to fight for their safety at work and overall better working rights. The red flag that represents the working class was raised for the first time in 1923, and The Triumph of Labour Statue remains on the Marina Beach in Chennai, in recognition of the first Labour Day celebration in the country.


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Thailand

The celebration of Labour Day, also known as May Day in Thailand is celebrated with a public holiday but only to those within private sector groups participate, as retailers remain open within shopping malls. On the morning of May 1st, there is parade with marching bands to lead the procession. Live music, social gatherings and cooking competitions are organised for the evening. Thailand understands that the working conditions are still not up to standard but this day is a time of dance, music and delicious food. 


If you aren't going to be celebrating Labour Day in Asia, you can still recreate the celebration and feast at home with the help of our wide range of products available here. We hope you celebrate the dedication of workers everywhere with an authentic Asian meal to share. 

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