Sunday, September 6, 2009
Happy Labor Day everyone!
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It's a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday tributes the working class contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. This holiday is usually celebrated with summer activities - swimming, camping, picnics, etc. Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer in the Northern part of the U.S. Most schools usually start sometime during the week after Labor Day. Most countries (including Germany) celebrate Labour Day on May 1, known as May Day and International Workers' Day. In Europe the day has older significance as a rural festival which is predominantly more important than that of the Labour Day movement. The holiday has become internationalised and several countries hold multi-day celebrations including parades, shows and other patriotic and labour-oriented events. I don't know about you, but I don't follow the old custom of not wearing white after Labor Day, because I think white looks so pretty in the winter - it reminds me of the snow I don't see anymore. In light of all the unemployed people who have lost their jobs and others who are unable to find one, I can't help but feeling rather melancholy about this holiday and will pray for America during this difficult time. I hope you will find employment again soon. I know how it feels to need work and not find it. I have been there - several times - and so has my daughter, who has finally found employment again after a long dry spell. Don't give up and keep the faith! I wish you all a safe and happy Labor Day holiday for spending time with family and friends, because when all the material things are gone, we can still have our memories to keep us company. That's what keeps me going. God bless you!