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Labour Day 2012: Google pays tribute to labourers with doodle


Ankit Tuteja,IBNLive.com
May 01, 2012 at 01:37pm IST

New Delhi: With a view to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers, Google has posted a Labour Day-themed doodle on its Russia homepage (www.google.ru) and Philippines homepage (www.google.ph). So, if you open any of them, you will be greeted with the Labour Day doodle in place of Google's usual logo.

The doodle features a worker, which looks like an engineer, lifting up the metallic Google logo. The labourer is donning a uniform, which is designed in red and blue shade, while the protective hat (helmet), he is wearing, is in yellow. These colours (red, blue and yellow) are called the Google colours as Google's logo is made of these colours. Next to the worker is lying a red-coloured toolkit.

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Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, especially the eight-hour day movement, which urged eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Labour Day is an annual holiday to mark the celebration of the economic and social achievements of workers. It generally sees organised street demonstrations and marches by labourers and their unions, on this day.

Google doodle marks Labour Day 2012

The doodle features a worker, which looks like an engineer, lifting up the metallic Google logo.

The Labour Day public holiday is fixed by the state and territory governments, and so it varies considerably.

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In India, Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 every year. It is an official public holiday. The first May Day celebration in India took place in Madras by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923

May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries including Bolivia, India, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Israel, Philippines, Nepal and Pakistan. It is also celebrated unofficially in various other countries.

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In the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia, it is celebrated on the first Monday in October. In Canada, Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September.

But the disappointment is that there is no doodle for Indians on Labour Day. Though you can find the Labour Day Doodle on Russia, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Bahrain sites of Google, but there is no Labour Day doodle on the Google India homepage.

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