In the Soviet Union, this holiday was called the Day of International Solidarity of Workers and was devoted to workers’ struggle for their rights. In modern Russia, this day has lost its political overtones, so for most Russians it’s just the May holidays – a time for picnics and the opening of the summer season. Some cities host demonstrations on this day.
Images of flowers, tree blossoms and balloons often appear in artwork related to spring and Labor Day in Russia.
Spring and Labor Day is a public holiday in Russia. Most banks, public buildings and educational institutions are closed on this day.