Labours day marks the day of celebration in US. It is the day to recognize the achievements of the workers. In US, this is also a day to have fun and party along!
The first Labor Day was held in 1882. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor unions’ strengths of and contributions to the United States’ economy. Specially the ‘eight hour day’ movement.
In many other countries the Labour day is synonymous with ‘International Workers Day’, which occurs on May 1st every year. But in US, September’s first Monday is celebrated as the Labour’s day. The reason is, to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
This day is the result from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. Then it became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations.
After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. As it is a federal holiday, so it is also an occasion of parties and hangout with friends.
All Government offices, organizations, and many businesses will be closed on this day. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics, and barbecues, are organized. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.
So this year also US will celebrate the labour’s day with great enthusiasm and delight. Hats off to the workers who are part of the country-making process.