Labor Day (Labor Day in the United States) is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labor Day has its origins in the labor union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. For many countries, Labour Day is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on 1 May. For other countries, Labour Day is celebrated on a different date, often one with special significance for the labour movement in that country. In Canada and the United States, it is celebrated on the first Monday of September and considered the official end of the summer holiday for most of the respective countries, as public school and university students return to school that week or the following week
History of Labour Day USA:
The first Labor Day in 1884 wasn’t even a national holiday! It wasn’t until 10 years later in 1894 Labor Day was declared a national federal holiday that would consistently take place on the first Monday in September, after the Pullman Railroad strike. The reason for the official date fluctuation isn’t specified.
The Founder of Labor Day
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is a bit of a mystery as to who first suggested the idea of Labor Day, but some sources point to Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. McGuire also co-founded the American Federation of Labor.
Facts- Why You Cant Wear White After Labor Day? Do you know the Reasons Behind?
There are actually several theories surrounding this old fashion practice. Some feel it was a practical decision, as white clothes were worn in the summer to keep cool, and Labor Day marked the change of seasons. Others say it was a New York fashion editor’s random, snobby decision to distinguish the fashionably forward from the rest of the sartorially challenged populous. And then there are those that feel it is a symbolic gesture, marking the end of lazy days and donning dark clothes to get back to the grind. Whatever the reason, it is pretty much an antiquated practice, as people can feel free to wear white without shame any time they please.
Labor Day Sales:
This day is a Retail Sale Day. To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season’s Black Friday.
Ironically, because of the importance of the sale weekend, some of those who are employed in the retail sector not only work on Labor Day, but work longer hours. More Americans work in the retail industry than any other, with retail employment making up 24% of all jobs in the United States. As of 2012, only 3% of those employed in the retail sector were members of a labor union.
In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker.
In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the weekend of Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race. Labor Day is the middle point between weeks 1 and 2 of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships held in Flushing Meadows, New York.
In the United States, many school districts resume classes around the Labor Day holiday weekend (see First Day of School). Most begin the week before, making Labor Day weekend the first three-day weekend of the school calendar, while others return the Tuesday following Labor Day, allowing families one final get away before the school year begins. Many districts across the Midwest are opting to begin school after Labor Day
Why & How do we celebrate labor day?
Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
Traditionally, people did not wear white clothes, particularly shoes, after Labor day. However, this custom is slowly dying out. More and more people now wear white all year round, rather than just in the summer. Similarly, it is the custom to wear a straw cowboy hat from Memorial Day until Labor Day, then a felt one until Memorial Day comes around again.
May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii, where celebrations include lei-making competitions, concerts, as well as giving and receiving leis to friends and family.
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Labor day Holiday & Date:
Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. 1 September 2014. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times.
Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. For many teams, it is the start of the football season. 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.
Labor day Slogans Messages & Quotes:
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
– Doug Larson
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.
– Abraham Lincoln
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
– Anatole France
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
– Victor Hugo