The two-faced 1st May

Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. 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. For most countries, Labour Day is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on 1 May.
– Wikipedia



Thus, The Labour’s Day is a remembering of the end of the oppression on workers wordwide. The workers in the years of the 18th century, for example, must work twenty hours or maybe couple days till their current task would be finished. This is hardly comparable with our 8 hours wordays, or with the Algerian “I go to work whenever I want and leave whenever I want cuz I can do it.”

Personally, I spent the utmost first May in Hungary and I assure you that the Hungarian first May one of the most colourful! In the very beginning, the Hungarian first day of the month gives place to two celebration: the very first is the Hungarian Majális/mayalish/ – that is a traditional spring festival, then the second is the socialist Work Day that is rather celebrating the work itself than the workers, haha. So, you have a Northern pagan tradition with putting colours to the trees for helping sprint to rebirth and a serious celebration that would like to celebrate the governmental system of working. What do you think? Who’ll win? Who’s dominant? Is it Hungary? Then, of course PARTY wins!! The Hungarian frist May is all about air plane acrobatic shows, concerts, and drinking yourself till the ground. Yuk!

How about Algeria? Our first May is also divided to two. We have the rather socialist Work-Day in which important persons give speeches about the importance of the day and it sounds very important indeed… And on the other hand we have the Islamic work-day.. Wait! Islam has no Work-day? Indeed, it does! Islam says that the whole year is the celebrarion of work. Also, Islam says that the work is the pure worshiping of Allah that is recompened by a place in the Seven Heavens. So, there’s a little confrontation again as we’ve seen in Hungary (between the traditions and the government), here it’s the religion and the government share its importance. What do you think? Who’ll win? Who’s dominant? Well, Algeria is a Muslim country so we don’t give a brick about First May, or indeed, we give bricks, hammers and cement because every freelancers work on this day such as macons, shop-keepers, market keepers, and everybody except of those who are working for companies. Actually, they are the majority and they looooove first May.. Khm.. They love the free day of work, haha not the celebration of work. Maaa3lish!

This was my post for the remembrance to the First May.. I think, every country has its own two-faced celebrations.. For now, I gave examples from my experience and observations about Hungary and Algeria.

Furthermore, I wish you happy Labour Day! Enjoy the day of work by not working! Where are the good old days when Arbeit Macht Frei. Hahaha…



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