Learn about International Workers’ Day
Everybody loves to spend time on their hobbies–no matter whether you love shopping, diving, going to the cinema, travelling, hiking, or one of thousands of other leisure activities, you probably spend a large part of your life figuring out how to it more often.
Unfortunately, however, the truth is that in order to have the money to do what you love to do, you also have to work. Of course, there are some lucky people among us truly love their jobs, but regardless of how much we enjoy doing our jobs, we have to do them. But we should also remember that each and every little job we do is necessary and valuable to society, from garbage man to nurse to teacher to policeman.
Together, all of us build society, making it a better, safer place with each passing year. Now, isn’t that something worth celebrating? We think it is, so let’s celebrate International Workers’ Day together!
The History of International Workers’ Day
In the late 19th Century, trade union and labor movements grew right along with countless industries, prompting trade unionists to begin to choose various days to celebrate the people’s labor. In the United States and Canada, a September holiday called Labour Day, was first proposed in the 1880s. Several years later, in 1887, North America officially established Labor Day.
May 1st, on the other hand, was chosen for International Workers’ Day to commemorate the Haymarket affair of May 4th 1886 in Chicago, when an unidentified person threw a bomb at the police, who responded by opening fire on the workers, killing four of them. Today, International Workers’ day is celebrated on every continent.
How to Celebrate International Workers’ Day
This day was always meant to celebrate the work of the everyday man, so if you’ve been feeling a bit underappreciated recently, today is the day for you to do what you feel like doing and treat yourself!
Take the day off (if it’s not a day off work in your country of residence) and go do something you want to do for a change. Has it been ages since you visited the mountains? Pack a lunch and spend the day enjoying nature and the view from the peak you decide to conquer. Has your back been causing you increasing discomfort recently? Time to make an appointment with a good masseuse! And if it’s been forever since you took the time to make yourself a decent meal, today is the perfect day to buy all of the ingredients you need and spend as much time as you need cooking something delicious and nutritious.
If you’re feeling a bit more politically inclined, you could attend one of the many rallies or marches organized in many cities worldwide dedicated to raising awareness about wages and working conditions. After, the first step towards making any kind of change is making people aware of the issue!