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Labor Day / May Day in Italy

Many Italians commemorate the labor union movement’s social and economic achievements on Labor Day. It is a nationwide public holiday in Italy on May 1 each year.

Workers' rights and conditions are still being raised via protests and demonstrations in countries such as Italy on Labor Day.
Workers' rights and conditions are still being raised via protests and demonstrations in countries such as Italy on Labor Day.
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What Do People Do?

Many people in Italy spend Labor Day, also known as La Festa dei Lavoratori or Festa del Lavoro, by:

  • Attending concerts in cities such as Rome.
  • Catching up with friends and family.
  • Public demonstrations or protest to improve workers’ rights and conditions.

Many Italians use Labor Day as a day of rest.

Public Life

Labour Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

  • Government offices.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • Schools and other educational institutions.

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check first with local transport authorities.

Background

The first Labor Day celebration in Italy was in the late 1800s to recognize workers’ achievements in fighting for their rights. Farmers and other workers traditionally took the day off to eat, socialize and dance on May 1. It was cancelled for about 20 years in the early 20th century but was reintroduced in 1945. Labor Day is celebrated in many other countries globally.

About Labor Day / May Day in other countries

Read more about Labor Day / May Day.

Labor Day / May Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatMay 12010Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SunMay 12011Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
TueMay 12012Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
WedMay 12013Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
ThuMay 12014Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
FriMay 12015Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SunMay 12016Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
MonMay 12017Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
TueMay 12018Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
WedMay 12019Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
FriMay 12020Labor Day / May DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Labor Day is a national holiday annually held in Italy on May 1.

Labor Day / May Day 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Labor Day / May Day 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Festa del LavoroItalian
Labor Day / May DayEnglish
Tag der ArbeitGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on May 1, 2016

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