|Traditional May Day military parade in North Korea|
In the UK, the date is always moved to the first Monday in May - this year it falls on Monday 7th but across most European countries it remains on the actual date - regardless of which day of the week it falls on. Here in Spain many places take a "puente" - bridge, so that if the official holiday falls on a Tuesday they take Monday as a bridging day or if on a Thursday they take the Friday. This gives them an extra long weekend but rumours are adrift that the government is looking to stop puentes as it is deemed damaging to the economy. All schools are closed today - which makes it problematic to working parents who do not have "an extra day off".
National fiesta in Spain
Fiesta time in Benidorm and Alfaz