Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day and May Day, is celebrated on May 1 in India. The occasion pays tribute and respect to workers. The origin of the day dates back to the 19th century, when trade unionists, socialists and communists in the United States demanded better working conditions, timings and wages for labourers. They sought an eight-hour movement where only eight hours in a day were utilised for work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest.
On this occasion, the President of India Ramnath Kovind took to Twitter and shared a special message for "countless workers who continue to build the country". He wrote in Hindi:
"Shramik Diwas ke avsar par, kathor parishram karne wale sabhi bhai-behano ko badhai eivm shubhkamnaye. Iss diwas hum un sabhi anginat bahi-behno ke himmat aur nishta ka samman karte hai jo desh ke nirman mai lage hai aur ek behtar, adhik samrush Bharat ke neev taiyar kar rahe hai"
He then tweeted in English:
Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to wish 'Maharashtra on the state’s Foundation' and 'Gujarat Diwas'.
In his first tweet, the Prime MInister wrote 'Jai Maharashtra':
Moving upwards to his home state Gujarat, PM Modi said "Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat!".