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Labour Day

Labour Day 2024, 2025 and 2026

Every 1 May in Hungary is Labour Day, but also May Day. It’s a complex convergence of what were originally two different holidays that have now merged into one.

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May Day has ancient roots and is the welcoming of spring weather. Some Hungarians still set up a traditional may pole on 1 May, go on picnics, and give out May baskets. Labour Day as such, however, is a fruit of the 19th-Century workers rights movement. For a long time, it was closely associated with socialism, and large processions with plenty of pomp and style were standard on Labour Day during Communist days.

Today, new traditions have developed for keeping Labour Day, not related to either of its original sources. Many attend balls, feasts, amusements parks, and kids’ activities in what’s known as “summering”.

Previous Years

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