American television host and comedian; Host of CBS Late Show with David Letterman, recently surpassing Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the USA, on the irony of Labor Day
Letterman photo above courtesy of Wikimedia.org
Imagine American’s celebrating workers, particularly in light of our country’s high unemployment rates which are a lot higher than our government reports.
Stats and economy aside, all across America, this holiday which was once symbolic for back to school, the end of the summer and the archaic fashion trend – where wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas – have all been passé for years. Fashion trends rarely pay attention to this rule; Also back to school shopping is now done during the end of July and month of August.
Labor Day photo left courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos
According to StyleChicago blog, Fashion & Style section, Fall 2014 colors will be unusual and reflect individuality inspired by the "increasing need for women everywhere" to be unique. Sangria and Aurora Reds, Mauve Mists and Raiant Orchids as well as Cypress Greens, Cobalts and Misted Yellows are all colors of the year that will "transcend time and place." And of course, there's always that controversial "after Labor Day white."
According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® "Fall 2014 is a season of untypical colors, one more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, and on that which inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint." Fashion Trends & Tips - Fall 2014 Color Trends
Labor Day also marks the beginning of bargain shopping and also when sports excitement begins as the NFL and college football seasons begin.
NFL photo left courtesy of Wikimedia.org
For the many attentive parents and their children, it's the end of summer reading programs and making sure all of their children's book reports and other assignments are in order.
In a world of digital, it is also a great idea to use the internet for exciting news and interesting ideas. SchoolsNYC.org, SummerReading.org, and Scholastic.com are very helpful sites.
So much happens over the summer and discussing a few books (or just 1)that your child has read, (a simple question will do) is a great refresher and memory exercise. This also best prepares your child for the first day of school.
What about vacation? Talk about a great memory or event during summer family visits and travels.
Back to School photo above courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.
HISTORY (sources: Wikipedia.org and HISTORY Channel)
One hundred and thirty two years ago (1882), Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.
In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. In the United States and Canada, however, the official holiday for workers is Labor Day in September. This day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City.
After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.
Labor Day weekend: what to do.
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▐■ Labor Day weekend: what to do, myfoxny.com http://www.myfoxny.com/story/23305422/labor-day-weekend-what-to-do
▐■ In Praise of the American Worker, Life Magazine http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/48141/in-praise-of-the-american-worker
▐■ The History of Labor Day, United States Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm
▐■ History of Labor Day, Knights of Labor, http://web.archive.org/web/20070930082656/http://progressivehistorians.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2041
▐■ Labor Day, Wikimedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day
▐■ Wear White Immediately -- We'll Show You How (PHOTOS), Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/wear-winter-white-photos_n_2789912.html
▐■ You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day? These 7 Fashion-Tech Founders Say Otherwise, Fueled.com http://fueled.com/blog/you-cant-wear-white-after-labor-day-these-7-fashion-tech-founders-say-otherwise/
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