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May 1 – International Workers Day

The 1st of May is international workers day, also known as Labor Day, and for many Danes the day is associated with traditions, songs and waving the red flags. Although the day is not an official holiday, many private companies give their employees the day off. But what is this day all about, and how do the Danes mark it?

The day is all about the rights of the employees, and dates back to  the 1890’s and the Danish traditions of social solidarity and strong labor unions have helped the tradition survive throughout the years. There is no such thing as a 1st of May in Denmark without numerous speeches from the labor unions, and politicians often grab the chance of addressing the many people showing up for the day.

In Aarhus, the marking of the 1st of May will begin at 11.45 in front of the City Hall and continue with marching down to ‘Havnepladsen’ (next to Dokk1 and Navitas) at 12.30 where the celebrations will continue with speeches, debates, song and much more until 17.00. For more information on the Danish traditions of celebrating 1st of May see here (English) and for information about the celebration taking place in Aarhus this year you can find more information here (Danish).

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