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Labour Day
Comoros

Labour Day 2020 and 2021 in Comoros

In Comoros, Labour Day is a welcome break from the daily grind that comes every 1 May. The capital city of Moroni is especially abustle with special events and marches organised by local trade unions, but the whole country celebrates.

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 MayFriLabour Day
20211 MaySatLabour Day

In Moroni, there is a march from Karthala Palace to Independence Place. All manner of businesses and government agencies are represented in the march, and it’s a huge annual event. However, security measures are necessary to avert the possibility of peaceful marching or protesting turning violent.

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.