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Labour Day is a day off for many New Zealanders have the day off on Labour Day, which is an annual public holiday on the 4th Monday of October. It commemorates the struggle for an 8-hour working day.
Is Labour Day a Public Holiday?
Labour Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
What Do People Do?
Labour Day is a public holiday so many workers in New Zealand take the time off to relax and enjoy their spare time. It is on a Monday, so some people make the most of the long weekend by going on short trips out of town. Street parades and protest marches to voice out the importance of workers' rights are also held on or around Labour Day
Labour Day is a public holiday in New Zealand. Schools, government offices, and many businesses are closed.
During the 19th century, workers in New Zealand tried to claim the right for an 8-hour working day. In 1840 carpenter Samuel Parnell fought for this right in Wellington, NZ, and won. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on October 28, 1890, when thousands of workers paraded in the main city centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades and many businesses closed for at least part of the day.
The first official Labour Day public holiday in New Zealand was celebrated on the second Wednesday in October in 1900. The holiday was moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1910 has remained on this date since then.
Labour Day Observances
|2010||Mon||Oct 25||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2011||Mon||Oct 24||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2012||Mon||Oct 22||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2013||Mon||Oct 28||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2014||Mon||Oct 27||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2015||Mon||Oct 26||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2016||Mon||Oct 24||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2017||Mon||Oct 23||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2018||Mon||Oct 22||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2019||Mon||Oct 28||Labour Day||National holiday|
|2020||Mon||Oct 26||Labour Day||National holiday|
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