Labour Day in China, or International Worker’s Day, is a public holiday that celebrates workers’ contributions to the country.
|2024||29 Apr to 1 May||Mon to Wed||Labour Day Holiday|
|2025||1 May to 2 May||Thu to Fri||Labour Day Holiday|
|2026||1 May||Fri||Labour Day Holiday|
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International Worker’s Day is a time for family gatherings and fun. Unlike many Chinese holidays, the date of Labour day is based on the Gregorian calendar instead of the lunar calendar.
International Worker’s Day is three days long, but the days other than May 1 change every year. If Labour Day is on a Tuesday, the other two days will be on the Monday before and the Wednesday after. During Labour Day, travel volume is high and dense crowds can be expected. China’s prime tourist destinations are frequently visited by both Chinese citizens and foreigners.
On International Worker’s Day holiday, Chinese people can enjoy a variety of activities in cities and in rural areas. Because of the warm climates during May in most of China, many people opt to enjoy outings in natural areas. People also choose to enjoy theaters and shows that are performed in cities. Street performances are also a common event that occurs on this holiday.
During International Worker’s Day and the days leading up to it, the Chinese government approves major discounts for goods in shops across the country. This is meant to stimulate the economy, but it also allows people to buy electronics, clothing, and other products at low prices. This has caused shopping to be a favorite Labour Day activity in China. While there are no special foods or cultural customs on International Worker’s Day, there are plenty of activities offered by businesses. Restaurants and street vendors offer an opportunity for you to enjoy a good meal without worrying about cooking or work.
Labour Day in China first began in 1919. In 1949, the Chinese government officially declared Labour Day to be a national holiday. This holiday originally served as a means of honoring workers across China. In present day, Labour Day is now a fun-filled holiday meant for enjoying some time off with friends and family.
During International Worker’s Day, you can take part in various celebrations that are held in China’s major cities. Prior to May 1, city residents and public workers create beautiful arrangements of flowers to make the area appealing before tourists arrive. You can take walks through parks to enjoy the scenery throughout the day, but mornings are good times to avoid the crowds.
On the streets, you can listen to live music as bands and DJs often help visitors enjoy the holiday. To honor workers and Chinese history, there are also parades with bright floats and marching bands. Beijing and other locations also have a flag raising ceremony. Tiananmen Square often has an array of activities for people wishing to celebrate International Worker’s Day.
|2023||29 Apr to 3 May||Sat to Wed||Labour Day Holiday|
|2022||30 Apr to 4 May||Sat to Wed||Labour Day Holiday|
|2021||1 May to 5 May||Sat to Wed||Labour Day Holiday|
|2020||1 May to 5 May||Fri to Tue||Labour Day Holiday|
|2019||1 May||Wed||Labour Day Holiday|
|2018||29 Apr to 1 May||Sun to Tue||Labour Day Holiday|
|2017||29 Apr to 1 May||Sat to Mon||Labour Day Holiday|