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Labour Day

Labour Day 2022, 2023 and 2024

Every 1 May is Labour Day in Chile. For most, Labour Day is a day of rest and quiet, or maybe a short vacation to get away from crowded Santiago. For others, it’s a time of marching, protesting, and demanding additional workers’ rights.

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

In the United States, Labour Day comes on the first Monday in September, but the reason it’s on 1 May in Chile and most of the rest of the world has US roots. The date of Labour Day hails back to the 1886 Haymarket incident in which a number of protesters were killed by police after someone hurled a bomb at them.

Chile has observed Labour Day as a public holiday since 1931. And the labour movement has helped in gaining workers’ benefits like three weeks of vacation time, very generous pregnancy leave, five months’ severance pay, and as many as 18 holidays per year.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 MaySatLabour Day
20201 MayFriLabour Day
20191 MayWedLabour Day
20181 MayTueLabour Day
20171 MayMonLabour Day