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Labour Day
French Guiana

Labour Day 2025 and 2026 in French Guiana

Labour Day in French Guiana 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.

20251 MayThuLabour Day
20261 MayFriLabour Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

As a part of France, though physically distant from it, French Guiana holds to the same holidays’ schedule as mainland France. This includes Labour Day, which is also called by the French “May Lily Day”.

In France and in French Guiana, flower shops are often open on Labour Day. It is traditional to buy a sprig of the flower Lily of the Valley and give it to someone to wear for good luck. Many these days give a small bouquet, which may be mixed up with roses too. These flowers are sold tax-free under French law and are often sold at street or roadside shops on or around Labour Day.

There is some angst in French Guiana over labour-related issues, and some even protest for independence. However, the economic benefits of union with France seem to outweigh any drawbacks. The French space centre alone in French Guiana provides a lot of jobs. Overall, labour conditions are better than in many other parts of Latin America.

Previous Years

20241 MayWedLabour Day
20231 MayMonLabour Day