Labor Day

Today is South Australia’s Labor Day, so what better way to celebrate it then do absolutely nothing at all!

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For those who don’t know what a Labour Day (I honestly forget every single year that we even have one, I keep thinking that it’s strictly an American thing). Labour Day is where a lot of Government industries will shut down for the day, to celebrate and recognise the hard work they’ve been putting in all year. Now in South Australia a lot of our Industries shut down on this day, retail, etc included. In America this seems to be more up to that particular company.

It is observed in Western Australia on the first Monday in March and on the second Monday in March in Victoria and Tasmania. The Northern Territory observes Labour Day on the first Monday in May. It is held on the first Monday of October in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and South Australia. Until 2012, Queensland observed Labour Day on the first Monday in May.

We have had Labour Day in Australia for just over a Century, in the 1800’s people were  typically working 6 days a week, and were working 12 hour days. On April 21, 1856, stonemasons at the University of Melbourne marched to Parliament House and pushed for an eight-hour working day. An agreement with employers for a 48-hour week was eventually reached and the workers welcomed the new eight-hour day.

So what do you readers when you have an unexpected day off?

Easter Friday (Another one =P)

Another year, another Friday Easter (not that I’m complaining…Hot Cross Buns for the win every time!) Did anyone notice that they were selling Easter Eggs early this year, or was it just me? As I have been previously informed though not everyone has hot cross buns, so here’s a picture of one and a lovely recipe.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe – Taste.com.au

hot cross buns

Easter Friday is generally celebrated by the Christian Faith and is celebrated as the day that Jesus Christ was placed upon the crucifix. It is generally know seen as a global public holiday with many national government recognising it.

 

Australia Day!

The 26th of January is Australia Day (and a National Public Holiday!). Annually celebrated on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet  of British Ships in Port Jackson, NSW and raising of the Flag of Great Britain.  In more recent years Australia Day celebrates and reflects the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

If you want to check out what activities are happening in your state today, please check out this link:

Australia Day Activities

Australia Day Eve is also the day were the “Australian of the Year” is announced.