Labour Day is a holiday in Portugal every 1 May to celebrate the rights and contributions of workers in the country, and to bring attention to the ongoing fight for better employment conditions for all.
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During the repressive dictatorship of Antonio Salazar, from the 1930’s till 1974, Labour Day was no longer celebrated. But from 1975 on, after the famous “Carnation Revolution”, it again became a public holiday in Portugal.
For many, Labour Day is basically a day off work to hang out at home or go shopping. But, for some, it is a time to protest and demand better working conditions or higher wages. Many also go on picnics or go hiking or biking to enjoy the coming of spring.
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