May Day in Switzerland in 2020

May Day in Switzerland in 2020
  How long until May Day?
This holiday next takes place in 287 days.
  Dates of May Day in Switzerland
2021May 1
Appenzell AusserrhodenSat, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSat, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSat, May 1Regional Holiday
FribourgSat, May 1Regional Holiday
JuraSat, May 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSat, May 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSat, May 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnSat, May 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauSat, May 1Regional Holiday
TicinoSat, May 1Regional Holiday
ZurichSat, May 1Regional Holiday
2020May 1
Appenzell AusserrhodenFri, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftFri, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtFri, May 1Regional Holiday
FribourgFri, May 1Regional Holiday
JuraFri, May 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelFri, May 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenFri, May 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnFri, May 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauFri, May 1Regional Holiday
TicinoFri, May 1Regional Holiday
ZurichFri, May 1Regional Holiday
2019May 1
Appenzell AusserrhodenWed, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftWed, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtWed, May 1Regional Holiday
FribourgWed, May 1Regional Holiday
JuraWed, May 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelWed, May 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenWed, May 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnWed, May 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauWed, May 1Regional Holiday
TicinoWed, May 1Regional Holiday
ZurichWed, May 1Regional Holiday
2018May 1
Appenzell AusserrhodenTue, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftTue, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtTue, May 1Regional Holiday
FribourgTue, May 1Regional Holiday
JuraTue, May 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelTue, May 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenTue, May 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnTue, May 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauTue, May 1Regional Holiday
TicinoTue, May 1Regional Holiday
ZurichTue, May 1Regional Holiday
2017May 1
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, May 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, May 1Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, May 1Regional Holiday
JuraMon, May 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, May 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, May 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, May 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, May 1Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, May 1Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, May 1Regional Holiday
  Summary
This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
  Local name
Tag der Arbeit
  May Day in other countries
May Day internationally
  Which regions observe Labour Day in 2020?
Appenzell Ausserrhoden  Appenzell AusserrhodenMay 1Regional Holiday
Basel-Landschaft  Basel-LandschaftMay 1Regional Holiday
Basel-Stadt  Basel-StadtMay 1Regional Holiday
Fribourg  FribourgMay 1Regional Holiday
Jura  JuraMay 1Regional Holiday
Neuchâtel  NeuchâtelMay 1Regional Holiday
Schaffhausen  SchaffhausenMay 1Regional Holiday
Solothurn  SolothurnMay 1Regional Holiday
Thurgau  ThurgauMay 1Regional Holiday
Ticino  TicinoMay 1Regional Holiday
Zurich  ZurichMay 1Regional Holiday

When is Labour Day?

This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement. The holiday may also be known as International Worker's Day or May Day and is marked with a public holiday in over 80 countries.

History of Labour Day

The first May Day celebrations focused on workers took place on May 1st 1890 after its proclamation by the first international congress of socialist parties in Europe on July 14th 1889 in Paris, France, to dedicate May 1st every year as the "Workers Day of International Unity and Solidarity."

The date was chosen due to events on the other side of the Atlantic. In 1884 the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of May 1st 1886. This resulted in the general strike and the Haymarket (in Chicago) Riot of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday.

The riots at Haymarket Square in Chicago had begun as peaceful demonstrations over the legal establishment of an eight-hour workday.

At a protest rally on May 4th 1890, a bomb was thrown at the police as they tried to disperse the crowds, resulting in the deaths of several police officers and some civilians.

Though the eight-hour workday was not fully adopted across America until the 20th century, the events in Chicago inspired similar protests across Europe, establishing May 1st as the day to recognise the rights of workers across the world.

May 1st is celebrated as May Day in most countries around the world. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the bank holiday isn't fixed on May 1st but instead is observed on the first Monday of May.

In the 20th century, the holiday received the official endorsement of the Soviet Union, and it is also celebrated as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, especially in some Communist states. Celebrations in communist countries during the Cold War era often consisted of large military parades with the latest weaponry being exhibited as well as shows of common people in support of the government.

Curiously (given the origin of the 1 May date), the United States celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September (May 1st is Loyalty Day, a legal but not widely recognized holiday in the United States). There is some suggestion that the reason for this was to avoid the commemoration of riots that had occurred in 1886. The adoption of May Day by communists and socialists as their primary holiday has been as another reason for the official resistance to May Day labor celebrations in America.

Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands also celebrate Labour Day on different dates; though that has to do with how the holiday originated in those countries.

May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various communist, socialist, and anarchist groups.

May Day

May 1st was also a pagan holiday in many parts of Europe, Its roots as a holiday stretch back to the Gaelic Beltane. It was considered the last day of winter when the beginning of summer was celebrated.

During Roman times, May 1st was seen as a key period to celebrate fertility and the arrival of spring. The Roman festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers and the season of spring, was held between April 28th and May 3rd.

Traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen, and dancing around a Maypole; festivities which made it a popular seasonal celebration in medieval England.

In Switzerland, Labour Day is a holiday in the following 11 cantons: Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Fribourg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, Ticino and Zurich. The status of the holiday may vary between the cantons, for instance in Solothurn, it is a holiday in the afternoon.

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