Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the first Monday in September, a custom that has been followed since the inception of the holiday. It is a day of rest for every American worker.

It was in 1884 when Labor Day was first proclaimed to be a federal holiday in the U.S. More than 100 years after, the occassion is going from strength to strength and is still held as the holiday that honours and appreciates the contribution of each worker on whose shoulders the nation rests.

As for public celebrations, Labor Day is observed mostly through parades. Parades are annually organized in places like Manhattan, Brooklyn and Detroit. In many places rallies and political demonstrations are organized which highlight the problems faced by workers and strives to find ways for the betterment of their lives. Speeches by union leaders and political figures in these rallies attempt to create a general awareness about the condition of American laborers.

However, festive celebrations form the main and the most joyous part of Labor Day observances. Families organize picnics with their loved ones. Meat delicacies, especially barbecues, form the main attraction of the Labor Day feasts. For kids and teenagers, it is the last opportunity to have some clean festive fun before schools reopen and they have to go back to their studies.... I don't think this is true this year since classes has started since August....


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