Labour Day in Curaçao is celebrated every 1 May, as it is in much of the rest of the world. This is a holiday to celebrate the contributions of workers to the economy and society, and also a time to highlight where progress still needs to be made towards fair and safe working conditions.
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Government offices, banks, and most private businesses shut down on Labour Day, on 1 May, in Curaçao as it is an official public holiday. Many from Europe and countries where Labour Day is on 1 May, may visit Curaçao for the weekend or longer, but on Labour Day itself, there is, ironically, very little going on.
There is a parade in the main city, and you may see a few workers’ rights rallies here and there. People get out for a walk in the fresh air and often get together with family at home. But it’s mostly just a rest day for work-weary labourers in Curaçao. Part of the reason for this is the Dutch heritage of the island since the Dutch tend to “under-celebrate” Labour Day.
You may see people heading to the beaches, however, for swimming and sunbathing. And snorkeling the coral reefs around Curaçao is also popular.
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