Yesterday was International Labor Day. Whether you were at work, busy protesting or relaxing at home because it was a holiday, we at IC hope you had a very happy holiday! (Also known as May Day.)

While not officially observed in the U.S, May Day is considered a national holiday in Brazil. Many businesses and public institutions are closed for the day to commemorate those who struggled - and those still struggling - for fair working conditions all around the world. To celebrate the holiday, we wanted to share three facts about May Day that you may have not known.

1. We Can Thank May Day For Our 8-Hour Workdays   1

May Day began as a working class struggle for an 8-hour workday. During the 1880’s, working class conditions were unsafe and exhausting. Many worked 10 to 16 hour days for very little pay, often in conditions similar to those of manufacturing factories found in today’s emerging economies.

2. May Day Was Launched By An American Woman Of Color And Her Family 2

In 1886, Lucy Parsons, her husband Albert Parsons, and two children helped launch the world’s first May Day by protesting for an eight-hour work day. They led over 80,000 working people down the streets of Chicago, while more than 100,000 marched in other U.S. cities.

3. May Day is Also A Celebration of a Medieval Tradition And Start of Spring3

While May Day is mostly observed for its labor history around the world, many also celebrate it as a marking of spring and fertility. The medieval tradition of dancing around a maypole honors the new season and its potency.

Do you know anymore interesting facts about May Day? Share with us in the comment section or @inspiringcap !