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Labour Day
Cape Verde

Labour Day 2020 and 2021 in Cape Verde

Cape Verde celebrates the accomplishments of its workers every Labour Day on 1 May, along with most other countries of the world. Labour Day is also a time for labour union rallies and for discussions on various labour related issues of national or local importance.

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 MayFriLabour Day
20211 MaySatLabour Day

But for most people in Cape Verde, Labour Day means one thing: a day off work to spend at home with family or at the beach. There are not many festivities on Labour Day, so it is simply a day off from work to spend at home, shopping or out in nature.

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.