Labour Day/May Day in Armenia

Labour Day, also known as May Day, is a public holiday in Armenia that celebrates the rights and achievements of workers. In Armenian, it is called "Աշխատանքի օր" (Ashkhatanki or). This annual event takes place on the 1st of May and is observed by the people of Armenia with various customs and traditions.


Labour Day in Armenia has its roots in the early 20th century when the country was part of the Soviet Union. The holiday was introduced as a result of the influence of the international labour movement and the efforts of workers to achieve better working conditions and fair wages. Labour Day was officially established as a public holiday in Armenia in 1920, following the Soviet Union's recognition of May Day as a workers' celebration. Since then, it has been celebrated every year on May 1st, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Armenia gaining its independence in 1991.


National customs for Labour Day in Armenia

On Labour Day in Armenia, various events and activities take place across the country to commemorate the achievements of the labour movement and to celebrate the rights of workers. These events include parades, concerts, and speeches by political leaders and trade union representatives. Workers and their families come together to enjoy the day off, often attending picnics and other outdoor gatherings.

In recent years, Labour Day in Armenia has also become an occasion for political demonstrations and protests, with workers and activists calling for fair wages, better working conditions, and other labour rights. These demonstrations often take place in the capital city of Yerevan and other major cities throughout the country.

Local customs for Labour Day in Armenia

Labour Day customs in Armenia can vary from region to region. In some areas, people celebrate with traditional Armenian dances and music performances, showcasing their cultural heritage. In other regions, communities hold sports competitions and other recreational activities to bring people together and promote unity among workers.

Labour Day is also an opportunity for families and friends to spend quality time together, often preparing and sharing traditional Armenian dishes. A popular dish served during Labour Day celebrations is khorovats, a type of Armenian barbecue made with marinated meat, often accompanied by fresh vegetables and lavash, a traditional Armenian flatbread.


Labour Day in Armenia is a significant public holiday that honours the achievements of the country's workers and the international labour movement. Celebrated annually on May 1st, the holiday is marked by various events and activities, including parades, concerts, and political demonstrations. It is also a day for families and friends to come together to enjoy food, music, and sports, highlighting the importance of unity and solidarity among workers in Armenia.