In Brazil, Workers' Day is an official holiday, and unions commemorate it with day-long public events. May Day is an important day of trade union and community group protest in the province of Quebec (though not a provincial state holiday).It is also when salaries for most professional categories and the minimum wage are traditionally readjusted. In 1894, the government of Prime Minister John Sparrow David Thompson declared the first Monday in September as Canada's official Labour Day. Celebration of the International Labour Day (or "International Workers' Day"; French translation: Journée internationale des travailleurs) in Montreal goes back to 1906, organised by the Mutual Aid circle.During the Cold War, May Day became the occasion for large military parades in Red Square by the Soviet Union and attended by the top leaders of the Kremlin, especially the Politburo, atop Lenin's Mausoleum. Today, the majority of countries around the world celebrate a workers' day on May 1. 1 May is known as Labor Day and is considered a paid holiday.The President of Egypt traditionally presides over the official May Day celebrations in Cairo.In Ethiopia, 1 May is a federal holiday and celebrated as the Labour Day. It is a day to celebrate all workers across the country.
Each year, the government approves (and increases) the minimum wage on Labour Day.
May Day is one of the most important holidays in communist countries such as the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union countries.
May Day celebrations in these countries typically feature elaborate workforce parades, including displays of military hardware and soldiers.
In Argentina, Workers' Day is an official holiday, and is frequently associated with the labour unions.
Celebrations related to labour are held, including demonstrations in major cities.