USA & Canada Labor Day

3 Sep 2013 – Why in Sep and not 1May

For many countries (more than 80 world wide), Labour Day’ is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on 1May. It is a celebration of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

In USA  and Canada it is celebrated the first Monday in Sep.

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In the USA, this day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in NYC. After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on 1May could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in Sep to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.

Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day

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Mon: swimming at Murraywood Swim & Racquet Club app 10mins drive from the house. Today is the last day at this pool as it will be closed tomorrow and that officially ends this summer, even though the weather is otherwise!!

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Katy & Ellie are good swimmers, enjoying today’s water in their own time. Both in the school swim teams and doing great jobs in competitive swimming.

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Sophie, JohnW and James are like fish in the water and good to see them feeling so at home in the pool.

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Of course no Labor Day is complete without a cook-out. Delicious grilled corn on the cob, bourbon salmon and ending with s’mores in the backyard. OK, now let the cooler weather fall in…

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence – Martin Luther King

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