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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.

portrait of happy family having a picnic
Many families enjoy the day off on Labor 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.


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 the Ukraine was once a part of), workers and students attended parades, bringing flowers, balloons and posters.

Labor Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatMay 12010Labor DayNational holiday
SunMay 12011Labor DayNational holiday
TueMay 12012Labor DayNational holiday
WedMay 12013Labor DayNational holiday
ThuMay 12014Labor DayNational holiday
FriMay 12015Labor DayNational holiday
MonMay 22016Labor DayNational holiday
MonMay 12017Labor DayNational holiday
TueMay 12018Labor DayNational holiday
WedMay 12019Labor DayNational holiday
FriMay 12020Labor DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Labor Day is a public holiday across the Ukraine, celebrated on or around May 1 each year.

Labor Day 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Labor Day 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Name in other languages

День міжнародної солідарності трудящихUkrainian
Первое маяRussian
Labor DayEnglish
Tag der ArbeitGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2018 in Ukraine

Fun Holiday on May 1, 2018

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