Labor Day in Portugal

In Portugal, it was only after May 1974, following the Carnation Revolution, that the First of May was freely commemorated again and became a holiday. During the dictatorship of the Estado Novo, the commemoration was repressed by the police.

The World Labor Day is celebrated all over the country, with demonstrations, rallies and parties, promoted by the trade union central CGTP-IN (General Confederation of Portuguese Workers - Intersindical) in the main cities of Lisbon and Porto, as well as by the trade union central UGT (General Workers Union).

In Algarve, as well as in Madeira and the Azores, it is customary for people to have picnics, and some parties are organized to commemorate the date.

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