Happy Labour Day!

Happy Labour Day in Canada!

Happy Labour Day!

Labour Day in the United States and Canada is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the Labour Union movements, specifically the eight hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for workers, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. For most countries, Labour Day is synonymous with, or linked with International Workers Day.

When Do We Celebrate?

Labour Day has been celebrated in Canada on the first Monday in September since the 1880s.

What Do People Do?

Traditionally, Labour Day was an occasion to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights during parades and picnics organized by trade unions. These still play a role in Labour Day for some Canadian, but many people see the first Monday in September as an opportunity to take a late summer trip, perhaps to their country cottage, or enjoy the company of family or friends at picnics fairs, festivals and fireworks displays. For teenagers and other students, the Labour Day weekend is the last chance to celebrate with a party or to go on a trip before schools re-opens for the new academic year.

Canadian football fans may spend a late proportion of the weekend watching the Labour Day Classes matches live or on television. The Labour Day Classes consists of three games between high ranking teams in the Canadian Football League. One match is played on the Sunday before Labour Day and two on Labour Day.

Public Life

Post offices, many businesses, and many organizations are closed on Labour Day in Canada. Schools and other education establishments are closed, as Labour Day falls at the end of summer holiday period. Many public transport services run ti reduce or “Sunday” service, although others may not run at all.

Background

Post offices, many businesses, and many organizations are closed on Labour Day in Canada. Schools and other education establishments are closed, as Labour Day falls at the end of summer holiday period. Many public transport services run ti reduce or “Sunday” service, although others may not run at all.

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