We have a slightly shorter week this week at La Herradura because this Friday is the ‘Día Internacional de los Trabajadores’ (International Worker’s day) or ‘Primero de Mayo’ (First of May). It’s an annual national holiday celebrated on the 1st May and the large majority of Uruguayans will take the opportunity to get away from the city for a long weekend. Popular holiday spots, such as Punta del Este, Maldonado and Rocha will be filled with people enjoying the unusually warm and sunny Autumn weather. Many places in Montevideo will be closed this Friday including the school so we would recommend to tourists to head to other parts of the coastline or other cities inland to see how the Uruguayans spend their holidays but be aware that public transport will get busy! For those of you who stay in Montevideo, you can join hundreds of workers who will meet at the 1 de Mayo Square to celebrate the day in many different ways.

The date was chosen by the ‘Second International’ to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886. The day is sometimes referred to as ‘Labour Day’ and is celebrated by some countries on different dates. In Uruguay, it is an official bank holiday and is respected by nearly all employers.

There’s also many other events and activities to get involved in this week. Click here to see this week’s activities list!

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