Importance Of Labour Day

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The first Monday of September Labour Day is celebrated, a statutory holiday in Canada since the 1894 (Heron & Penfold, 1996). A day where tribute is paid to the working men and women for all the hard work. It is not a day of riot or protest, Labour Day is a day of rest and celebration. A day where the community comes together as one. On Labour Day people celebrated, festivals, parades, leisure events, dances, concerts, speeches and so much more are put on by the local workers to celebrate the important day (Heron & Penfold, 1996). Labour day is a event that has been around for many year in Canadian cities and towns even before coming legalized, it was a self declared day off of work or a local civil holiday. It is a day where no one has to go to work, a day where people and families can be together, to spend time together.

When Labour Day approached everyone got excited because it was a day of celebration and day of leisure. In addition to all the events put on, the centrepiece of the day was the parade. The parade has much importance in the labour festivities and celebrations in Canada. The parade is what caught everyones eye, it was a form of communication and showed the strength of the labour force. The workers worked hard on this public displays to send a series of powerful symbolic message to the community (Heron & Penfold, 1996). When it came to the Labour Day parade it was a collective of many different working groups coming together. The whole community came together to celebrate, people from all different kinds of classes and backgrounds and occupations came together. From the first national recognized Labour Day in London, Ontario on September 3rd of 1894 there was 3,000 wage earners there (Heron & Penfold, 1996). From butchers, to fireman, to the printers, to barbers, plumbers and many other working groups walking the streets together to celebrate Labour day (Heron & Penfold, 1996). Labour is a day where all groups unite to celebrate as one. In a addition, all the workers wanted the same things, they wanted “public recognition of organized labour and its important role, and release from the pressures of work in capital industry and for expanded leisure time” (Heron & Penfold, 1996,
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