Labor Day is a national holiday celebrated every year on the first Monday of September. It is observed in the United States of America, Canada, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Canal Zone and the Virgin Islands.
In the other parts of the world such as Europe and Asian countries, Labor Day is celebrated on the first day of May. Labor Day is an international holiday.
Labor Day is celebrated to mark the end of summer and to give the laborers a day off. The main motive is to rejoice in the success of workers. It is a way of paying tribute and honoring the men and women workers. Canada and the US acknowledge this day since 1984. Labor Day is different from the other holidays in that it is not dedicated to any particular person or nation, sect or race. Every other holiday is somewhat associated with rivalry or the proclamation of the victory of one nation over the other or to revel the fame of any significant person.
The labor union movement gave impetus to the foundation of Labor Day. It advocated for eight hours of work and eight hours each of resting and recreational time.
The origin of Labor Day is unknown. Some people think that the suggestion to observe a day as the Labor Day was given by J. McGuire. He was a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor and the general secretary of the Brother of Carpenters. Others believed that Matthew Maguire who was a machinist originated the holiday.
Recent studies confirm that it was Matthew Maguire who took the initiative in 1882 to honor working men and women when he was serving as the secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. The Union agreed to the proposal and organized a committee to plan a demonstration.
Let’s take a stand this Labor Day to appreciate their hard work & determination. Discriminations on grounds of race, caste, creed and sex should be avoided. Employers should plan a structure payment & work environment. Century Media360 pledges to stand by the workers & create a better working world for everyone.
“The world cannot function without laborers and they deserve our respect and honor.” – Anonymous