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Merry May

May, the last month of the school year. Every time I write this article, I always think time goes by very fast. It’s not the first time I've said this in this monthly article. I’ve been having trouble coming up with the article name since I already did ‘Marvellous March’. I had to search up words starting with the letter ‘M.’ Then I decided to go with ‘Merry’. It's a cheerful word! Let’s get into the news.

The first event I have chosen is Labour day. Labour Day, as you may know, is a public holiday. It was first held in the year 1882 by the Central Labor Union because they wanted workers to have a holiday, a break from work. It became a federal holiday 12 years later, in 1894. This day was intended to have festivals and parades to amuse the workers and their families. In the U.S., they do not celebrate it on the 1st of May, they celebrate it on the first Monday of September because they wanted a holiday to fill up the gap between Independence day in July and Thanksgiving in November. In the U.S. they will celebrate it on the 6th of September this year. During labour day, people mostly go on trips with their families.

The second event I am going to tell you about is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is not a public holiday like Labour’s day, but it’s celebrated by most people. People use this day to appreciate their mothers and show it to their mothers. People usually give their mothers handmade cards or store-bought cards, flowers or carnations and other gifts they may want to give. There are many different origins according to different people, but many people think that Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis had big roles in getting Mother’s Day in the U.S. Julia Ward Howe had Mother’s Day in Boston for 10 years, but it died out after that. Anna Jarvis first had a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother but started a Mother’s Day work club to improve the hygiene of where she lived and started a campaign for Mother’s Day to be widely spread throughout the world and got supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant. In 1908, Javaris arranged the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. It is now an international Mother’s Day Shrine.

The last event I am going to introduce is Teacher’s day in Korea. It is similar to Mother’s Day but is a day for students to appreciate their teachers. Students are not allowed to give teachers gifts they bought with money, they usually make handmade cards or drawings like people do on Mother's Day. Like Mother’s Day, it is not a public holiday and the day goes on with normal business and school hours. But students remember and give their teachers small cards they have made.

These are all the events I have for May. The third one was short, but I was unable to gather much information about it. Again I thank you for reading till the end, and have a good day!

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