Spring and Labor Day is a public holiday in Russia. Most banks, public buildings and educational institutions are closed on this day. If May 1 falls on a weekend, the public holiday usually moves to the following Monday. Public transport routes may vary in the case of demonstrations in a city or town.
May 1 was a symbol of class struggle in Russia for about 100 years (1890-1990). Workers held annual protests on this day from 1890 to 1917, demanding better work conditions and higher wages. In 1918, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, in the Soviet Union III Write the words to the pictures. Most Soviet cities had parades and obligatory workers’ marches on this day until 1990. The Russian Parliament renamed the holiday as Spring and Labor Day in 1992.
Update: In October 2012, Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that would extend the May Day holiday from Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The most common symbols of Spring and Labor Day are:
§ Flowers, especially tulips and lilacs – symbols of late spring.
§ Blooming branches of fruit trees – a symbol of approaching summer.
§ Balloons – a symbol of celebration.
Images of flowers, tree blossoms and balloons often appear in artwork related to Spring III Write the words to the pictures and Labor Day in Russia.
I Write down all new words and be ready for the quiz
II Be ready with a summary
III Write the words to the pictures