Labor Day Weekend!
Labor Day is celebrated on the 1st of May by majority of the world. However in the U.S. and Canada Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. The weekend before Labor Day is known as Labor Day Weekend.
This year it falls on the 2nd of September. Labor Day is a day set aside for the working class, to celebrate and pay tribute to men and women who contribute both socially as well as economically.
Who founded Labor Day?
According to the United States Department of Labor: “Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those ‘who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.’ But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. 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., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.”
It’s been over a hundred years since the first Labor Day (1882) was celebrated and we still don’t know for sure!
Labor Day Celebrations:
Labor Day is regarded as a day of rest and relaxation. Most people invite their friends and family for a barbeque . Family Picnics, Sports, Street Parades and firework displays are common during the Labor Day weekend. Ecards are also sent to friends and colleagues to ‘take it easy’ and have a restful Labor Day weekend.