Labour Day: The long weekend North Americans love
Labour Day long weekend in North America is a bittersweet time of year. While many countries participate in Labour Day celebrations, in Canada and USA it’s the final long weekend of the season, and the unofficial sign summer vacation is over. The holiday has a number of definitions such as back to school and the start of autumn. Traditionally, many choose to take their last family vacation of the season, catch up with friends and family or prepare themselves for the upcoming week. This holiday is one of many to anticipate when studying abroad in Canada or USA.
But what is Labour Day?
As the title indicates, it has everything to do with labour. More specifically, it is a celebration of workers’ achievements all around the world. Dating back to the 1800’s, this was a time for workers to campaign for their rights. Many employees suffered long hours and low wages, amongst many other things. These conditions ignited their will to protest for positive changes. In Canada, employees formed a movement involving a large majority of local employees parading through the streets of downtown Toronto. The Prime Minister at the time, Sir John A. Macdonald, acknowledged the strike, changing the conditions.
How is Labour Day celebrated in North America today?
Canada and the U.S. celebrate Labour Day annually on the first Monday of September. Most other countries celebrate on first of May. For some, it continues to be an opportunity to discuss their workplace rights, for others, a chance to relax.
Many cities have their own ways of celebrating. Toronto specifically has its annual Canadian National Exhibition and Air Show. Thousands of people gather to enjoy one another’s company. However most will take advantage of the free time and rest.
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Adrianna Dyczkowsky, Public Relations Specialist, ApplyBoard