Labour Day originally called ‘Eight Hours Day’ is commemorated as a public holiday, celebrated on first Monday in Western Australia. However, it’s celebration dates are different across the Australian States. The reason behind celebration on different dates due to the achievement of 8 hours works at different states.
South Australia and New South Wales: First Monday in October
Northern Territory and Queensland: First Monday in May
Victoria and Tasmania: Second Monday in March
History: Labour Day Australia
Labour Day in Australia is celebrated in order to achieve implementation of 8 hours/day work of organized labour, in late 1850. Initially, workers were required to work for 10 to 12 hours a day and six days a week. Today people enjoy 5 days working in a week was adopted in 1948.
It was April 21, 1856, when the first Labour Day Parade held in Melbourne.
How do we celebrate Labour Day?
Most People celebrate Labour Day as a long weekend while enjoying with friends, family members, having barbecues, engaging in sports and plan for a trip to the countryside or the mountains. Labour Day is considered as the occasion of unions, community groups and citizens to participate in the celebration. Parades are held in Queensland at this occasion, often led by political leaders and influential figures.