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Labor Day / May Day in Poland

Quick Facts

Labor Day (Święto Pracy), also known as May 1 (1 Maja), is a national public holiday in Poland every year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Święto PracyPolish
Labor Day / May DayEnglish
Tag der ArbeitGerman

Labor Day / May Day 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Labor Day / May Day 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015
List of dates for other years

Many people in Poland have the day off work or school on Labor Day (Święto Pracy), or May 1 (1 Maja). It is a time to celebrate both the spring time and workers’ rights.

portrait of happy family having a picnic

Many families celebrate the May 1 public holiday with outdoor activities, such as picnics, in Poland.

©iStockphoto.com/Jaroslaw Wojcik

What do people do?

Many people in Poland enjoy May 1 by being outdoors, as it marks a time when the weather becomes warmer in the spring. It is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which includes Poland’s Constitution Day, celebrated on May 3. There are occasional marches to promote workers’ rights in some major cities.

Public life

May 1 is an official public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.

Background

Many parts of Europe celebrated Labor Day from 1890 onwards. The holiday was declared in Poland in 1899, to commemorate a workers’ strike in Chicago, USA. There is some political controversy regarding the Labor Day celebrations, as it was one of the most important holidays that were celebrated during Poland’s Communist era. Today, people celebrate May 1 by having a day off school or work, and by enjoying the warmer spring weather. Labor Day is also observed in other places in the world.

About Labor Day / May Day in other countries

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Labor Day / May Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
TueMay 11990Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
WedMay 11991Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
FriMay 11992Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SatMay 11993Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SunMay 11994Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
MonMay 11995Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
WedMay 11996Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
ThuMay 11997Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
FriMay 11998Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SatMay 11999Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
MonMay 12000Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
TueMay 12001Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
WedMay 12002Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
ThuMay 12003Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SatMay 12004Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
SunMay 12005Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
MonMay 12006Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
TueMay 12007Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
ThuMay 12008Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
FriMay 12009Labor Day / May DayNational holiday
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

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