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Labor Day in Ukraine

Labor Day, also known as May Day, is an annual Ukrainian national holiday on May 1 to honor workers’ rights and achievements. Labor Day is a holiday in many countries around the world.

Is Labor Day a Public Holiday?

Due to martial law in Ukraine, all national holidays have been suspended until further notice. While this holiday might be privately observed, government offices will remain open on this day.

Many families enjoy the day off on Labor Day.

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What Do People Do?

Labor Day, or Labour Day, is a day off for many workers in Ukraine. Political gatherings and demonstrations are sometimes organized in some cities during the day. Many people enjoy the warmer weather with outdoor activities on this public holiday, also known as May Day.

Public Life

Labor Day is a national public holiday in Ukraine so many shops, museums, and libraries, as well as government offices and educational institutions are closed.

Background

Labor Day, on May 1, was traditionally a holiday to celebrate the spring, before becoming a day for workers during the 19th century. In the former Soviet Union (which Ukraine was once a part of), workers and students attended parades, bringing flowers, balloons and posters.

About Labor Day in Other Countries

Read more about Labor Day.

Labor Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017MonMay 1Labor DayNational holiday
2018TueMay 1Labor DayNational holiday
2019WedMay 1Labor DayNational holiday
2020FriMay 1Labor DayNational holiday
2021SatMay 1Labor DayNational holiday
2021MonMay 3Day off for Labor DayNational holiday
2022SunMay 1Labor Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2022MonMay 2Labor Day (Suspended) observedSuspended National Holiday
2023MonMay 1Labor Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2024WedMay 1Labor Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2025ThuMay 1Labor Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2026FriMay 1Labor Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2027SatMay 1Labor Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2027MonMay 3Labor Day (Suspended) observedSuspended National Holiday

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