In many parts of Europe, May Day is still celebrated as the onset of spring with picnics and outdoor barbecues. But holiday Celebrations Around the World | … the world, May 1 is also traditionally marked with strikes, parades and occasionally violent protests.
Caracas, Venezuela, where police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro traded tear gas, rocks, and petrol bombs last year. In the Philippines, an estimated 10,000 workers marched in the capital, Manila, to protest against short-term employment contracts. Laborers and activists carry an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte as they march towards Malacanang presidential palace during the May Day rally in Manila, Philippines on May 1, 2018. In South Korea, dozens of activists clashed with the authorities after an attempt to install a statue outside the Japanese consulate in the southern city of Busan. Workers hold placards and banners during a gathering to mark International Labour Day, or May Day, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 1, 2018. In Cambodia, labor activists rallied for a higher minimum wage after the government banned a planned citywide march. Two thousand garment workers gathered in a park in Phnom Penh but were stopped by riot police.
Protesters participated in a Labor Day protest in Hong Kong on Mar 1, 2018. 14 million private sector and civil service workers, including social security coverage and a promised minimum wage hike if his party is victorious in elections next week. Turkey, meanwhile, declared security concerns would keep the symbolic Taksim Square in Istanbul off-limits for May Day celebrations. In 1977, 34 people were killed there during a May Day event when shots were fired into the crowd from a nearby building. This year, a small group of demonstrators who tried to defy the ban were detained by police, according to the Associated Press.
Tuesday, as are counter-demonstrations by far-right groups and militias in Seattle and Los Angeles, raising concerns of violence, Al Jazeera reports. Write to Eli Meixler at eli. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.
The world is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations. To view the 2018 Calendar, please click here. January 6: Epiphany recognizes the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus 12 days after his birth. The holiday is observed by both Eastern and Western churches. January 6: Christmas for the Armenian Orthodox Christians who celebrate the birth of Jesus on Epiphany.
Armenians living in Israel celebrate Christmas on January 19. January 7: Christmas for Eastern Orthodox Christians, who celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches, because they follow the Julian rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar. January 14: Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. January 15: World Religion Day is observed by those of the Baha’i faith to promote interfaith harmony and understanding. World Religion Day starts sundown of January 17.
January 16: Martin Luther King Day commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for non-violent social change until his assassination in 1968. January 18-25: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. During the week, Christians pray for unity between all churches of the Christian faith.