Google has honoured Labour Day 2016, by featuring a Google doodle in its honour. The doodle — not available in India — is made up of factory workers clad in safety gear and hard at work.
In case you are wondering about the significance of this day, you should sit back and thank the labour unions of yore for your official eight-hour work days. The eight-hour day movement specifically advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest. Reasonable wages, breaks and paid vacation are some of the other perks we enjoy today that came out of the labour movements of the 1800s.
In India, it is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas and is a public holiday. It is also known as Kamgar Din in Hindi, Kamgar Divas in Marathi and Uzhaipalar Dhinam in Tamil. Also known as International Worker’s Day and May Day, it was first celebrated in India in Chennai (then Madras) in 1923 by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan.
The doodle’s reach currently extends to Russia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Iceland and Taiwan.
On May 1, Google has also released special doodles on Mother’s Day in Spain, Portugal and Lithuania, and another on Children’s Day in Mexico and Columbia.