Guyana has a great variety of public holidays, which hail from different religious and cultural backgrounds. One holiday, however, that is more “neutral“ on their calendar is Labour Day on 1 May.
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The working class, in particular, sees Labour Day as an important holiday. There are sometimes peaceful processions of protesting workers down the main streets of Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city, on this day. Trade unions help to organise such marches, and it’s one of the only chances to speak out effectively about labour injustices.
The marchers typically don red and white colours, and there will be rousing speeches at the end of the march. The group of protesters may also break out into singing, and major political figures may attend. The president might even show up. After the event ends, everyone goes home and parties. Music, food, and fellowship may continue until late into the night.