Labour Day (in lieu) in Jamaica in 2020

Labour Day (in lieu) in Jamaica in 2020
  How long until Labour Day (in lieu)?
This holiday next takes place in 315 days.
  Dates of Labour Day (in lieu) in Jamaica
2021May 23, May 24
JamaicaMon, May 24National Holiday (in lieu)
JamaicaSun, May 23National Holiday
2020Jamaica Mon, May 25National Holiday (in lieu)
2019Jamaica Thu, May 23National Holiday
2018Jamaica Wed, May 23National Holiday
2017Jamaica Tue, May 23National Holiday
  Summary
Replaced Empire Day in 1961. Marks a labour rebellion in 1938

When is Jamaican Labour Day?

This national holiday is celebrated on 23rd May. If Labour Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday.

Labour Day in Jamaica commemorates a labour rebellion in 1938 that contributed to Jamaican independence.

History of Jamaican Labour Day

As part of the British Empire, Jamaica had historically had a public holiday on 24 May to mark Queen Victoria's birthday. This holiday was known as Empire Day. Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day in the 1950s, but is still celebrated as Victoria Day in most regions of Canada.

In 1962, Jamaica gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Celebrating Empire Day was no longer seen as relevant to the fledgeling country and in 1961, Jamaican Chief Minister Norman Washington Manley proposed replacing Empire Day with a new holiday called Labour Day.

This new holiday was to be a commemoration of a labour rebellion on 23 May 1938. The rebellion was led by Alexander Bustamante who gained prominence during the rebellion, becoming a noted trade union leader and eventually becoming Jamaica's first prime minister following independence.

In 1972, Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley started the movement to make Labour Day a day when Jamaicans would get involved in local community projects. Today, on Labour Day, groups, individuals, and communities all over Jamaica will dedicate their time and labour to improve public areas, do repairs, paint or build homes, schools, and churches.

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