During assembly at school I found out that there would be no school next Monday. Everyone seemed to know why apart from me. WHY? What are we celebrating now?
Looking at the school calendar I found out that here, in Melbourne (Victoria), the second Monday of March is being celebrated labor day.
Now, being an expat means this too: you get confused with important dates and public holidays.
I wanted to know more about why here they have a different date to celebrate this event and I learnt from Wikipedia that:
The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. On 21 April 1856 Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne, Australia, stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight hour day. Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as the first organized workers in the world to achieve an eight hour day with no loss of pay, which subsequently inspired the celebration of Labour Day and May Day. (source: Wikipedia)
Very interesting fact but this still doesn’t explain why they celebrate it in March.
Anyway, I’m glad someone fought for us, so that we could have every day
8 hours for work,
8 hours for fun,
8 hours for rest.
I’m just wondering if us parents could ask for the same rules to be applied to our