Labor Day and Holidays in May

The month of May is filled with public and non-public holidays. This post will provide you with the overview of them all! If you’re looking for a full year overview, don’t forget that you can always check out our post on Annual Holidays in Denmark in 2018.

May 1: International Worker’s Day / Labor Day

If you want to get a taste of Danish politics in an informal environment, International Labor day may be of interest to you.
Every year on 1st of May there are demonstrations and political speeches all over Denmark. This is an old tradition and if you live in the Copenhagen area, close to Fælledparken in Østerbro, you will probably witness a lot happening on this day. Some of the political parties and organizations will set up tents and invite people to either listen to political speeches or to enjoy live bands. A lot of beer is normally served (and drunk!) on Labor Day and for some people, these activities can be a bit overwhelming. If you’d like to know more you can find the programme here!

May 10: Ascension Day – Kristi Himmelfartsdag

We celebrate this day in memory of the ascension of Jesus Christ. Most schools are also closed on Friday 11 May so this may be a good opportunity for a mini-holiday. If you live in Østerbro, do note that the Cup Final will be played in Parken on this day, so the streets will much likely be full of happy football fans sporting their colors.

May 13: Mother’s Day – Mors Dag

In Denmark we (of course) also celebrate Mother’s Day. For some strange reason, these days are not celebrated the same days across the world, but in Denmark it is Mother’s Day on May 13 and Father’s Day on June 5.

May 20-21: Whit – Pinse

Pinse is the canonical marker of the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
Hopefully this short post was helpful to you!
Written by Laura Pilmark

 

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