Chonburi celebrates Labor Day

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Chonburi Deputy Gov. Chaichan Iamcharoen strikes the huge gong declaring the May Day festivities open.
Chonburi Deputy Gov. Chaichan Iamcharoen strikes the huge gong declaring the May Day festivities open.

Chonburi celebrated its workers at the annual Labor Day commemoration.

Deputy Gov. Chaichan Iamcharoen presided over the May 1 event at the provincial hall that featured a parade, musical performances by labor union bands, booths selling locally made products and a Ministry of Labor exhibition.

It also marked the start of the planting season, so prayers were made for a bumper crop.

Chaichan said Labor Day is the time to remember and honor workers and make the country stable, wealthy and sustainable.

Labor unions became legal in 1932 and Labor Day became an official holiday in 1956 with workers getting the day off every year starting in 1957.