Traditional Free Grah Lunch to Mark May Day Around Croatia

Croatians celebrate Labor Day today with a public holiday that will see thousands turn out for traditional free lunches around the country.

More than 60,000 portions of free bean soup and 55,000 bread rolls are being served at Maksimir park in the capital to celebrate Labour Day. The free lunch is a tradition in Croatia, and there is also bean soup, or Grah, served at many other locations around the country on Monday.

In Split, the largest city on the coast, locals gather on Marjan for a free lunch. Bean soup is given out to all people as a symbol of a real workers dish and red carnations as a symbol of the blood of fallen workers from the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.