New Delhi: Search giant Google on Wednesday (May 1) paid tribute to workers across the world with a doodle on its homepage to mark International Labour Day.

Also known as May Day, it is a celebration of the international labour movement. May 1 is also observed as an annual holiday in more than 80 countries to celebrate economic and social achievements of workers.

Doodle featured Google logo in shape of building blocks with several workers doing their jobs. The doodle also showed a gardener watering a tree, a professional on a computer, a painter colouring letter ‘O’ and a plumber fixing a leak around letter ‘E’.

India is among many countries that celebrate Labour Day. The first May Day celebration in India took place in Chennai by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923.

May Day is a nationwide bank and public holiday in India. But the public holiday is fixed by the state and territory governments, and so it varies considerably.

There are certain countries which still celebrate International Labour Day on a date different than May 1. In Canada, the first Monday of September is celebrated as Labour Day while in Australia, the Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October.

Google had a Labour Day doodle in 2012 but it was not posted on the Google India home page.


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