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Labour Day

Labour Day 2022, 2023 and 2024

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.

YearDateDayHoliday
20221 MaySunLabour Day
20231 MayMonLabour Day
20241 MayWedLabour Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

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.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 MaySatLabour Day
20201 MayFriLabour Day
20191 MayWedLabour Day
20181 MayTueLabour Day
20171 MayMonLabour Day