Mayotte, as an overseas department of France, follows the same basic holiday calendar as does mainland France. This includes observing Labour Day every first day of May.
|2022||1 May||Sun||Labour Day|
|2023||1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|2024||1 May||Wed||Labour Day|
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Many take a few days off around 1 May, especially if the holiday creates a three-day weekend that year. Also, the celebration of Victory Day on 8 May creates a generally festive mood this week of the year for people in France and French possessions like Mayotte.
Mayotte was a slave island for many centuries, but when France bought Mayotte in 1841, they freed all the slaves. The masters were broke at that point and fled the island. This was the beginning of a free-labour economy in Mayotte, and this historical background gives added meaningfulness to celebrating Labour Day in Mayotte.
Most families have a get together for Labour Day in Mayotte. There may be a small parade and a few other low-key events.
|2021||1 May||Sat||Labour Day|
|2020||1 May||Fri||Labour Day|
|2019||1 May||Wed||Labour Day|
|2018||1 May||Tue||Labour Day|
|2017||1 May||Mon||Labour Day|