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Labour Day

Labour Day 2023, 2024 and 2025 in Angola

Labour Day is celebrated on 1 May in Angola, as in much of the rest of the world. Labour Day is a much anticipated holiday in Angola, and people across the country turn out for a variety of special events that focus on the achievements of the nation’s workforce and the progress toward fair and safe working conditions.

20231 MayMonLabour Day
20241 MayWedLabour Day
20251 MayThuLabour Day
2 MayFriLabour Day Holiday
20261 MayFriLabour Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The origin of the holiday is the 4 May 1886 Haymarket Massacre during a labour protest in Chicago, USA. As the world industrialised in the mid to late 1800’s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to a protest movement.

The Haymarket Massacre became a key moment in the movement, leading to the establishment of Labour Day, then called “International Workers Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.

In the capital city of Luanda, all the labour unions join together to put on a dazzlingly colourful parade. Hundreds of participants march down Ho Chi Minh Avenue across town all the way to Independence Plaza during the celebration. They hold high their banners and posters and hand out literature supporting their various causes.

Previous Years

20221 MaySunLabour Day
20211 MaySatLabour Day
20201 MayFriLabour Day
20191 MayWedLabour Day
20181 MayTueLabour Day
20171 MayMonLabour Day