Labour Day (Labor Day in the USA) is an annual holiday in most countries. It’s a day set aside for special recognition of working people. It celebrated on May 1 in many countries. But the first Monday in September observed in the U.S. and Canada and the fourth Monday in October in New Zealand and with varying dates in the different states of Australia.
This year USA Labor Day falls on the 7th of Monday in September.
It’s the end of summer and the start of the school year. Many people celebrated it with barbecuing and shopping.
The First Labor Day
In the U.S., the first Labor Day parade was on Tuesday, September 5 in 1882, in New York City. The second holiday just a year later held on September 5, 1883. After 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday. President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in the month of September of each year a legal national holiday. It happened on June 28, 1894.
Labor Day was an idea of Peter J. Maguire, in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. Peter Maguire was the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the founder of the American Federation of Labor. Recent research indicated that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
Meanwhile, after recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., is credited for first proposing the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has changed in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where display and organizes huge parades. Past Years, Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, politicians, industrialists, educators, and government officials gave wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
HOW TO CELEBRATE LABOR DAY TODAY
United States people head into the Labor Day long weekend on Friday, public health officials are warning not to make the same mistakes they did on previous holidays. The fear is that backyard parties, crowded bars, Political rallies, and other gatherings could lead to a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
Over the summer, the US saw a rise in infections, deaths, and hospitalizations, primarily in the South and West, that blamed in part on people behaving carelessly over the Memorial Day and July 4th of July holidays in May and July,
This Labor Day comes with unprecedented challenges for workers and employers. In a few short months, many jobs eliminated or changed amid efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People who started the year gainfully employed lost their jobs.
Labor Day 2020 takes on greater importance with so many people out of work. The latest numbers show 30 million people in the country are receiving unemployment benefits, which is staggering. The Washington area is faring a little better than the nation, but the June unemployment rate still more than doubled during last year to 8.4%. With more than six million people in the country, that’s still a huge number.
Labor is noble and can help us build our world and God’s kingdom. This year, with it taken away for so many, may God’s gift of work with renewed appreciation. Therefore the best way to celebrate that day is to help those without work who cannot support and care for their families.
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