Labour Day (Labor Day in United States) is a public holiday to celebrate the achievements of Labours/ workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

For many of the countries, Labour Day is similar to International Workers Day which falls on 1st of May. Labour Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries with it’s own significance and importance.

In Canada and United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the 1st Monday of September and it is considered as an unofficial end of summer. This calls students to return to their school as the summer vacations came to an end.

International Workers’ Day

For many of the countries, Labour Day is similar to International Workers Day which falls on 1st of May. Date of Labour Day in some countries may be different from the actual date of celebrating the Labour Day so that the holiday occurs on the Monday which is close to 1 May.

Different Dates In Different Countries

1) Labour Day in Australia

Celebrating the Australian labour movement and specifically the achievement of a working day limited to eight hours, the date of public holiday of Labour Day is fixed by the various state and territory governments, and so differs considerably.

  • Labour Day QLD

    It is the first Monday in October in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. In Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March (though the latter calls it Eight Hours Day). In Western Australia, Labour Day is the first Monday in March. In the Northern Territory and Queensland it is called May Day and occurs on the first Monday in May. It is on the fourth Monday of March in the territory of Christmas Island.

The first march for an eight-hour day by the labour movement occurred in Melbourne on 21 April 1856. On this day stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne 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 being among the first organised workers in the world to achieve an 8-hour day, with no loss of pay.

2) Labour Day in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati, an organisation working for the welfare of garment workers, has requested that 24 April be declared Labour Safety Day in Bangladesh, in memory of the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

3) Labour Day in Bahamas

Labour Day is a national holiday in the Bahamas, celebrated on the first Friday in June in order to create a long weekend for workers.

The traditional date of Labour Day in the Bahamas, however, is 7 June, in commemoration of a significant workers’ strike that began on that day in 1942.

4) Labour Day in Canada

Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It originally gave workers the chance to campaign for better-working conditions or pay. The day is now part of a long weekend for many Canadians.

5) Labour Day in Jamaica

Before 1961, 24 May was celebrated in Jamaica as Empire Day in honour of the birthday of Queen Victoria and her emancipation of slaves in Jamaica. As its name suggests, the day was used to celebrate the British Empire, complete with flag-raising ceremonies and the singing of patriotic songs.

In 1961, Jamaican Chief Minister Norman Washington Manley proposed the replacement of Empire Day with Labour Day, a celebration in commemoration of 23 May 1938, when Alexander Bustamante led a labour rebellion leading to Jamaican independence.

In 1972, Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley promoted Labour Day as a showcase for the importance of labour to the development of Jamaica, and a day of voluntary community participation to beneficial projects. Since then, Labour Day has been not only a public holiday but also a day of mass community involvement around the country.

6) Labour Day In New Zealand

In New Zealand, Labour Day is a public holiday held on the fourth Monday in October.

On 28 October 1890, the 50th anniversary of the eight-hour day was commemorated with a parade. The event was then celebrated annually in late October as either Labour Day or Eight-Hour Demonstration Day.

In 1899 government legislated that the day be a public holiday from 1900. The day was celebrated on different days in different provinces.

7)  Labour Day In Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad and Tobago, Labour Day is celebrated every 19 June. This holiday was proposed in 1973 to be commemorated on the anniversary of the 1937 Butler labour riots.

8) Labour Day In US

Labour Day in USA is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday of September. It is customarily viewed as the end of the summer vacation season. Many schools open for the year on the day after Labor Day. The holiday is shared with Canada, where it is known as Labour Day.

9) Labour Day In India

The Labour Day in India is also known as the May Day. May 1 corresponds to the International Workers’ Day which is celebrated around the world. It is observed as a national holiday in around 80 countries including India.


As you know everything about Labour Day and why we celebrate it. Here are some of the best quotes on Labor Day which can help you to refresh your mind and give you fresh start for you coming work days. Inspire you to make your work more effective and productive:

Labor Day Quotes: 10 Inspiring Quotes For Your Holiday


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