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Written by Team ParentCircle and published on 07 September 2020.
We all teach our children the importance of respecting ourselves and working hard to realise our goals. But, do we also tell our children why it's important to respect other's efforts and not to look down at any job as not being 'good enough' for them?
This International Labour Day, teach your child the dignity of labour and what rights every worker has.
Most people know little about the International Workers' Day or May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union.
In the late 19th century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair's and Jack London's . As early as the 1860's, working people agitated to shorten the workday without a cut in pay, but it wasn't until the late 1880's that organised labour was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8-hour workday. This proclamation was without consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class.
More at: www.iww.org
In India, the first Labour Day, or May Day, was celebrated in 1923 in Chennai. Today around India, organisations and trade unions arrange pageants, children enter contests so they can understand the importance of fairness for workers, and political leaders make speeches.
More at: www.thehindu.com
Although celebrated all around the world, May Day tends to get overlooked. So how do you explain May Day to your kids? It's a very important holiday that shouldn't be ignored.
First off, what is May Day? May Day is a holiday typically celebrated in the northern hemisphere that dates back to Pagan times. For some, it is a celebration of the season. However, many cultures have adopted the holiday and made it into their own, over time incorporating new traditions and reasons for celebrating. Flowers are also associated with May Day celebrations as well as Morris Dancing, where men dress in white outfits with colorful sashes and dance to lively, traditional music. A very fun way to celebrate.
May Day, however, also marks International Workers Day, which is similar to Labor Day here in the United States. Trade Unions and other groups often hold demonstrations and commemorations for the working class.
More at: www.romper.com
We all want our children to grow into successful, confident and happy individuals -- we want them to have the best of everything. But we need to remember that teaching them good values and fostering gratitude in them for what they have, is also a big part of parenting.
Five star hotels, travelling by plane, air-conditioned cars, mobile phones, cable television and so many other luxuries are an integral part of life today. Of course, parents who can afford such comforts want their children to share them too. At the same time, however, it is important to teach them to value their privileged lifestyle, as well as respect those who lead more modest ones -- they should be taught not to look down upon people who have less than they do, nor demean them in any way. Educate your children about the dignity of labour.
More at: www.rediff.com
Let's be real. Even most of us adults aren't 100 percent sure what Labor Day is all about, so taking the time to teach our kids about it is super beneficial for everyone. Our children may be years away from their first jobs, but these Labor Day facts and trivia will teach them that this national holiday is more than just another day off from school - and the info will enlighten the grown-ups, too.
More at: www.sheknows.com
May Day ceremonies that stem from the traditional centuries-old May Day traditions are celebrated across the world. In Hawaii, May Day is known as Lei Day to celebrate the island's culture.
In the United Kingdom, May Day is still celebrated in many towns with the crowning of the May Queen. Maypoles can still be found in some towns and May Day traditions may include hobby horses and local people dressed in costumes. In Oxford, traditions are upheld for May Day celebrations, starting with the choir of Magdalen College singing from the top of the chapel tower.
Labor Day stems from the efforts of the labor union movement to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. In Mexico, it is referred to as , and is a national holiday honoring workers. Some groups organize parades or protests to promote and protect workers' rights.
May 1 is a national holiday many European countries including (but not exclusive to): Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. It is also celebrated in countries in Central America, such as Costa Rica and Panama, and in some parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba. It is also a national holiday in Mexico. In South America, it is observed in countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. May 1 is also a national holiday in the Russian Federation and Asian countries such as China, Thailand, and Vietnam.
More at: www.timeanddate.com
Teach your kids interesting facts about Labour Day and why it is celebrated through this interesting animated video.