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Labour Day

Labour Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Labour Day in Belgium takes place on 1 May every year. It’s also commonly known as “May Day.” Belgians link this important date to the beginning of the spring season. They also consider it to be a day to acknowledge workers and their highly admirable and tireless contributions to the Belgian economy.

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 MaySatLabour Day
20221 MaySunLabour Day
20231 MayMonLabour Day
20241 MayWedLabour Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Labour Day in Belgium and in other nations around the globe is a comparatively new tradition. The labour movement gained significant traction in the  nineteenth century as factory workers during that era were subjected to terrible treatment at the hands of their employers.

The labour movements in Europe, the United States and elsewhere succeeded in seeing fundamental rights for workers established, especially with regard to pay, hours and safety.

People in Belgium today tend to view Labour Day as a time of rest. It is also common for people to go to workers parade events on Labour Day. The Workers’ Party of Belgium frequently organises events on Labour Day. Belgian workers and activists often meet in Brussels to commemorate the meaningful day.

Previous Years

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