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May Day
Libya

May Day 2022, 2023 and 2024 in Libya

May Day is a public holiday in Libya that occurs every year on 1 May. In other parts of the world it is also called Labour Day or International Workers’ Day.

YearDateDayHoliday
20221 MaySunMay Day
20231 MayMonMay Day
20241 MayWedMay Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

This is a very important day for workers of all occupations in Libya, and it is an off-work day for the whole population.

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.

Labour Day globally has lost some of its political associations since the end of the Cold War, and today, most Libyans celebrate it simply as a pro-work and pro-worker day off work.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 MaySatMay Day
20201 MayFriMay Day
20191 MayWedMay Day
20181 MayTueMay Day
20171 MayMonMay Day