Labour Day

Labour Day

Labour Day or worker’s day is an annual Public holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest, with no loss of pay.

The first of May is a national, public holiday in many countries across the world, as Labour Day, International Workers’ Day or some similar name. In some countries, Labour day is celebrate on different  dates significant to them, such as the United States and Canada, which  celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September and considered the end of summer with summer vacations ending  and students returning to school around then. As a federal holiday, all but essential national, state, and local government offices are typically closed on Labor Day.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City of America, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The workers was celebrated the day with their families in a park with a picnic, concert and speeches. More than ten thousand Americans workers marched in a parade from City Hall to Union Square. Just a year later, on September 5, 1883, the Central Labor Union celebrated its second Labor Day holiday.

By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

“P. J. McGuire, Vice President of the American Federation of Labor, is frequently credited as the father of Labor Day in the United States.”

International labour’s Day

International Workers’ Day, also known as Workers’ Day. For most countries, Labour Day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival. Some countries have a holiday at or on a Monday close to 1 May, but it is not a Labour day celebration.


Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September since the 1880s and it is a statutory holiday throughout Canada. It originally gave workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions/pay. This holiday officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement. The day is now part of a long weekend for many Canadians.

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