Talk:International Workers' Day

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Cut down the article[edit]

Per my comments here Talk:Labour Day/Archives/2013#Merge with "International Workers Day"? I think parts of this article need to be removed. In particular, it should only briefly discuss the official Labour Day holiday in NZ and Australia or any country where Labour Day is not on May 1st. Instead, it should discuss any celebrations etc of IWD in these countries. The US seems to be a decent example of what it should be like for once. Remember that IWD generally refers only to the 1st May. This includes in NZ as AFAIK. Nil Einne (talk) 15:13, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Edit request on 1 September 2013[edit]

Please consider changing Americas to America, as mostly only in U.S. America is considered a Country, in general America is a continent, made out of sub-continents. There are not lots of Americas, there is only one, where the U.S.A is one country of the America continent.

Because Wikipedia is used in all of the world and not only in the U.S.A. I think Americas should be changed to America, when talking about the Continent named after Americo Vespucio.

Thanks. Ggarron (talk) 01:00, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

I disagree. "The Americas" refers generically to the combination of "North America" and "South America", with some handwaving as to whether "Central America" is included as part of "North" or "South" or indeed in its own right. In my experience, citizens of the U.S.A. are referred to as Americans in most if not all of the English-speaking world, and (in translation) in e.g. the French-speaking world ("Voici un américain" => "Here is an American" referring to a person). Similar reasoning applies to the name of the country - when ELO sang about "Calling America", they were referring to the US, not the continent as a whole. Steveread999 (talk) 13:47, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
Not done: See our own article on Americas. BryanG (talk) 17:49, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

The fact that English speaking countries (that includes the USA but no other American nations) use the term incorrectly should not be an excuse. Outside of the US no other American nation uses the word in this manner and are very specific that 'America' is a continent. The Americas is like saying the Europes simple because people refer to North, south, east and west Europe. Its plurilizing what is a single entity. Use the word Americana to refer to the US in Spanish and see the confusion on the face of the person your speaking with. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:44, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

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Worst possible picture[edit]

Could we pick an other picture, please? Here is one of more nationalism and confusion (Mexican flags and US flags as high north as Chicago?), not even a glimpse of the ol'red, a small demonstration in the outer parts o the town. Not to mention that this article concerns May Day and not Labour day which has its own article. (talk) 22:26, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Go right ahead and change the photo. Dive right in. No experience necessary. There are several photos in the article. Maybe another would be better. Anyone is welcome to change anything in any article on Wikipedia any time. Be WP:Bold. That is one of the most important rules of Wikipedia. Boldly edit. If someone disagrees, they will edit your edits. That is how articles become better. If there is a disagreement, a WP:Consensus is reached. There are some basic rules to follow about accuracy and neutrality. Check out Help. See Wikipedia:Tutorial/Editing.
Second, I've changed the photo. Change it again if you like. Upload a better one. Do you need help? Just ask.
Third, there are three articles -- one on the traditional Spring holiday of May Day, one of the Socialist/Communist/etc. adoption of May 1 for their International Workers day, and the final on non-May Labor Days which pre-date the selection of May Day as International Workers Day.--Iloilo Wanderer (talk) 02:12, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
Meh, I keep getting banned here, it's easier that you guys who love discussing policies do it. The new picture is fine I think (talk) 16:16, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

types of holidays / sloppiness[edit]

Throughout this article, terms like "official holiday" and "public holiday" are thrown about without stating what they mean - and they can mean many different things. For example, a national holiday observed by a national government, a provincial or state holiday observed by provincial or state government(s), etc. This needs cleaning up with sources. The Dissident Aggressor 19:04, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

May Day[edit]

Is it worth tweaking the intro or using a bit of boldification to reflect that May Day are a bit more synonymous than the intro currently presents? Certainly in Britain the left typically refers to it not as International Workers' Day, but simply/primarily as May Day. MikeJamesShaw (talk) 14:54, 6 May 2016 (UTC)


I don't know who made the map, but Armenia does celebrate it. Will have to look at some sources to prove this. --92slim (talk) 01:37, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

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this article needs more references[edit]

Most of the sections describing when International Workers' Day in each country are not referenced. howcheng {chat} 16:22, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Map: More detail w.r.t. designation as holiday vs public holiday?[edit]

User:DissidentAggressor earlier raised the point of this article using specific phrases incorrectly or without defining them. In a similar vein, Commons user Idh0854 requested on my Commons talk page to add a new legend entry to the map for workers' holidays which are not public holidays, such as in the case of South Korea. Since legend entries are sometimes considered major, I decided to open a discussion on it. Does anyone disagree? Does anyone have any other legend suggestions, while I'm at it? --BurritoBazooka Talk Contribs 01:00, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Early history[edit]

I've been trying to dig up some early history of American Labor Day and International Workers' Day. I added a citation needed tag and it got long enough that I thought it should be mentioned here since this the article may be factually inaccurate or incomplete.

Foner[1] and llco[2] definitely say that May 1 does commemorate Haymarket now, but there were conversations about a workers holiday prior to Haymarket. Is it possible someone proposed May 1 before Haymarket? Why May 1 instead of May 4? Sondra.kinsey (talk) 16:50, 1 September 2017 (UTC)


  1. ^ Foner, Philip S. (1986). May Day: A Short History of the International Workers' Holiday, 1886–1986. New York: International Publishers. pp. 41–43. ISBN 0-7178-0624-3. 
  2. ^ "On May Day and Occupy in the USA". The Leading Light. Archived from the original on 2016-05-28.