Russia Celebrates Labour Day

PHOTO by Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS

A reminiscent of the Soviet era eulogising the Worker and his toil for the good of the motherland, 1st May is still widely celebrated in modern day Russia.

Back then, it was the day when proletarians marked their “awakening to light and knowledge, their unification into one fraternal alliance for the struggle against all oppression,” as Vladimir Lenin described.

With the collapse of the USSR, the holiday was renamed “The Holiday of Spring and Labour” and lost its political implication. Still, people flock to the streets and central squares of every Russian city to greet the arrival of spring and joyfully fest in sunny weather that usually comes to Russia in the beginning of May..