In Comoros, Labour Day is a welcome break from the daily grind that comes every 1 May. The capital city of Moroni is especially abustle with special events and marches organised by local trade unions, but the whole country celebrates.
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In Moroni, there is a march from Karthala Palace to Independence Place. All manner of businesses and government agencies are represented in the march, and it’s a huge annual event. However, security measures are necessary to avert the possibility of peaceful marching or protesting turning violent.
The origin of the holiday is the 4 May 1886 Haymarket Massacre during a labour protest in Chicago, USA. As the world industrialised in the mid to late 1800’s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to a protest movement.
The Haymarket Massacre became a key moment in the movement, leading to the establishment of Labour Day, then called “International Workers Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.