Labour Day in Guadeloupe 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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As an overseas department of France, Guadeloupe shares a common holiday calendar. This, of course, includes Labour Day on 1 May.
In part, Labour Day is celebrated in Guadeloupe much as it is in France. There may be parades, political or labour union protests, the selling of Lilly of the Valley bouquets street-side to bring “good luck” to the wearer, and a day out picnicking, hiking, or otherwise enjoying nature.
However, Guadeloupe is also unique in many ways. You will likely hear people playing or listening to the local “la biguine” music on the streets. People will be enjoying local dishes at home or at a get together, including Creole dishes, Indian cuisine, local fruits and vegetables, fruit punch, and an abundance of fresh-caught seafood. Many will also head to the beaches.
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