The eight hour work day in some places has been around as long as they have. In fact, when you are talking about New Zealand, a group of workers from there had achieved the eight hour work day since 1840. However, we have to remember that people celebrate the Labour Day date for more reason than just the Labour movement. In fact, in Europe this day has a bigger significance because it is a also the day of a rural festival. This festival is more important to them than Labour Day is. However, this is not a bad thing, but in a way a very good thing. You see, as long as people remember to celebrate these events, then we are not forgetting where we came from. As time goes on it seems like a lot of people always forget what is really important, and what really started everything so long ago. These holidays are not just days off of work, these are days to remember and celebrate what happen in the past. This is our way of saying thank you to the people that came before us and did so much, just so we could live a better life. Sure, I know that it helped them out too, but think of how the world would be to day if there was no Labour Day. How would your world be different from the way you are living now? Would anyone have ever stepped up to help claim the eight hour work day? These are questions that we cannot answer, but at the same time, thanks to the people before us we do not have to answer.
Showing thanks to people that have helped us is a very important part of life, I feel. It is hard to do everything by yourself, and because of that we do need help. The great thing is that most humans do want to help each other, it is in your nature. When we all work together to get something that we need (like Labour Day) we all win. It is sad that we cannot all work together to change other things in our life, but sometimes that is just the way it has to be. The Labour Day date is something that is going to be celebrated for a long time to come, and we should be happy because of it. Just try and not forget where it started from, and how it came to be. Sometimes it is hard to remember things from the past, but that is why we have holidays to remind us each year.