Spring and Labour Day 2013

Wednesday 01 May 2013
Russia

Published: 3 Feb 2011 | By Bas Nieuwenhuizen | Last updated: 22 Feb 2011
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The Holiday of Spring and Labor - May 1: The 1st of May is the traditional holiday of spring. It opens the sequence of other May holidays. This is the day of triumph of the nature which is full of blossom, of birds' singing, of multicolored flowers and small balls. People have a rest both from the long frosty winter and winter troubles looking forward the summer and summer joys.
In the former Soviet Union, 1 May was International Workers' Day and was celebrated with huge parades in cities like Moscow. Though the celebrations are low key nowadays, several groups march on that day to protest grievances the workers have. Several communist states (Cuba, North Korea and Vietnam) still hold this day as an official occasion with a military parade and columns of weapons and workers.
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Created by Bas NieuwenhuizenCreated by Bas Nieuwenhuizen
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Location: Russia
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Date: Wednesday 1 May 2013
Duration: 1 day
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