Happy Monday, SE Readers. Joan here. Today’s post will be short and sweet because I’ve been laboring (pun intended) over a manuscript.
And here in the United States, we are celebrating a holiday—Labor Day. Always celebrated on the first Monday of September, for many the holiday is the unofficial end of summer. Kids will go back to school (if they haven’t already) and vacation time is over.
Some will make one last trip to the lake, pack a picnic lunch, and participate in water sports. Others may get in one last road trip or go camping.
But the holiday originally came about in the late nineteenth century to honor the American labor movement and worker’s contributions to the strength and well-being of our country. The Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor organized the first parade in New York City.
Oregon became the first state to make it an official public holiday, and it became a federal holiday in 1894. (As a child, I always thought it was funny to call a day of rest Labor Day.)
The idea of honoring workers is not unique to the US—Canada’s Labour Day is also the first Monday of September. More than eighty countries celebrate an International Worker’s Day on May 1st.
Whatever you’re doing today, whether it’s relaxing by the pool, writing a manuscript, or the arduous task of editing, I hope you enjoy the holiday. Harmony will be here on Wednesday with some honest to goodness writing tips.