May Day

1 05 2013

May Day is the Laborer’s Day, the day for the unions and a day to honor workers. In Iceland the day was first celebrated with a demonstration on May 1, 1923. It was made a national holiday in 1966 and there are around 40 marches around the country. Today, workers sporting red flags and banners still march to call for improvements to their wages and working conditions. The slogan of this year’s celebrations was “Kaupmáttur, atvinna, velferð” or “Purchasing Power, Employment, and Welfare.”

The parade went through town to a meeting, then a concert, and finally coffee & cakes!

The parade went through town to a meeting, then a concert, and finally coffee & cakes!

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