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May Day

May Day 2019 and 2020

May Day occurs on 1 May each year and is a holiday that celebrates the rights and contributions of workers in Sweden. The holiday also coincides with the Mass of Saint Walburga, also referred to as Walpurgis Night, which falls on the night of 30 April.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 1 May Wed May Day
2020 1 May Fri May Day

Many of the ceremonies that have emerged in Sweden on this day stem from the centuries-old, traditional May Day celebrations related to the celebration of spring and the rebirth taking place in nature.

In the modern era, the first of May has been celebrated in several ways since the 19th century. In the early part of the 19th century, it was a huge and popular festival hosted in Djurgarden Park that featured a royal procession. However, by the end of the 19th century, it turned more into a rally of industrial workers.

Many people to use this holiday to arrange peaceful protests and demonstrations about worker’s rights. These are often held outside of government buildings, or even down main town streets. In Stockholm during this time, you are likely going to encounter marchers throughout the city waving banners.

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