The Republic of Syria observes Labour Day as a public holiday every 1 May. This is a day set aside to commemorate the contribution of workers and to highlight any additional changes that may be needed in the labour system.
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Syrians normally get the day off work on 1 May. They may even get a few days off for a family vacation. At-home parties, festive dinners, outdoor picnics, hitting the beaches and just relaxing at home are among the main Labour Day activities.
Historically, the origin of the date of this holiday is the 4 May 1886 Haymarket Massacre during a labour protest in Chicago, USA. As the world industrialised in the mid to late 1800’s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to a protest movement.
The Haymarket Massacre became a key moment in the movement, leading to the establishment of Labour Day, then called “International Workers Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.
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