Written by Chantel DaCosta

Labour Day 2017


May 23rd is Labour Day in Jamaica. Jamaicans celebrate Labour Day by volunteering to enhance communities across the island.

History of Labour Day

In 1961, a Bill in Parliament abolished the public holiday, Empire Day. Empire Day was the birthday of Queen Victoria who is attributed with the Emancipation of enslaved Jamaicans.  Her birthday was a public holiday celebrated the 24th May. The new bill in parliament designated that the 23rd May is Labour Day.  Labour Day, marks the anniversary of the working class movement which began in Jamaica in 1938.

2017 National Project

For Labour Day 2017 the national theme is ‘Restore, Preserve, Beautify.’ And the dedicated national Labour Day projects are the restoration of the Ward Theatre and Central Police Station.

Community Projects

Each year it is customary for the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Ministry of Local to coordinate community based voluntary projects.

You can register a community event or join an activity near you, visit the Ministry of Culture Labour Day project page to view the 2017 Labour Day projects.


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