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Published on Monday, September 6, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is Labor Day for Canadians and U.S. Citizens. In both countries, this holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of September and is considered the unofficial end of summer, with summer vacations ending and students returning to school.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this public holiday honors the American labor movement and the power of collective action by laborers, who are essential for the workings of society. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

"Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor," the U.S. Department of Labor in its statement.

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

In Costa Rica, Labor Day is celebrated on May 1. In some English-speaking countries, like Australia, Labor Day is a public holiday on dates that vary between states and territories.

In the United Kingdom, Labor Day is on May 1st, known as International Workers' Day, as it is here in Costa Rica.

The Canadian and United Kingdom embassies in Costa Rica continue a regular work schedule.  But, the U.S. Embassy announced they will be closed and reopen on Tuesday, September 7.

What have you heard of expats celebrating Labor Day in Costa Rica?
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