International Workers’ Day observed across Serbia

Ada Ciganlija, uranak

Serbians across the country observed the traditional early morning picnicking for International Workers’ Day on Monday.

The tradition dates back to 1893 when a group of Serbian workers gathered at a restaurant in central Belgrade wearing red bands.

International Workers’ Day became a national holiday in Yugoslavia in 1945 under a decree signed by the late President Josip Broz Tito. In Serbia, the holiday is celebrated on May 1-2.

Serbians traditionally go out to picnicking grounds such as the Kosutnjak area in Belgrade to barbecue and spend the day with family and friends.

The Union of Independent Unions of Serbia (SSSS) staged a protest in central Belgrade in front of the site where the first May 1 protest was held in 1893. Monday’s protest demanded dignity in labor and life.