May 1, 2024 falls on a Wednesday this year. Many people wonder if they will have the day off and where they can still buy food when the refrigerator is empty. In larger cities it is usually not a problem to find an open store.

Where May 1 is a holiday

May 1, 2024 is a public holiday throughout Germany. This means that employees do not have to work and students also have free time. If employees still have to work due to shifts or special work schedules, they will receive the corresponding supplements for the working day in accordance with the rules of the Law on Sundays and Holidays.

In Germany it is not just a holiday. Many countries, such as Austria, Luxembourg and Belgium, celebrate Labor Day with demonstrations and rallies.

Opening hours on Labor Day

Shops remain closed on holidays. You can still buy food, as there are exceptions in some stores. Supermarkets, discount stores and pharmacies at airports or large train stations are usually open. However, before purchasing, it is a good idea to find out if the store of your choice has special hours.

This is celebrated on Labor Day.

Labor Day, also known as May Day, is closely linked to the history of the labor movement. It originally emerged as a reaction to long working hours and poor working conditions during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. One of the most important objectives was the requirement of an 8-hour work day for workers.

A turning point was the “Haymarket Riot” in Chicago in 1886, in which workers demonstrated for their rights. Although that day ended in brutal violence and many injuries and deaths, it ultimately led to a broader recognition of workers' needs. Today, Labor Day is used in many countries as an opportunity for demonstrations and celebrations to demonstrate solidarity among workers and discuss current labor law issues. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of the union movement and defend the rights and dignity of all workers.

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