Happy May Day! Here’s How to Celebrate in Split

Daniela Rogulj

May Day, also commonly known as Labor Day, is celebrated in memory of the great workers’ protests held in Chicago on May 1, 1886.

What began as a peaceful protest of workers striking for an 8-hour work day soon led to chaos and clashes with police killed that killed many. In memory of the bloodshed in Chicago, at the first congress of the Second International in 1889, it was decided that May 1st of each year will be observed for the workers’ protests. Since 1890, this date has thus become the international day of solidarity for labor.

In the Dalmatian region, May Day is commemorated with traditional beans or barbecue, and of course a touch of sun.

Here is how the city of Split will be marking the holiday today

The city of Split traditionally marks this holiday at Marjan. People will gather at 10:00, and at 11:00, the program will begin, which has been organized by the Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Split and the Tourist Board of Split. At 12:00, traditional beans will be given out for lunch, and around 2,000 servings will be distributed.

A free bus service from 8:00 to 18:40 has been organized for those interested in attending. The bus will go from Prima to Marjan and vice versa. In the evening, the Riva will host a concert organized by the Tourist Board of Split, with KUD Brodosplit. The concert will begin at 20:30.


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