Today in Victoria it is Labour Day, a public holiday celebrating the efforts of the Labour Union in reducing the average working day to eight hours.
These days Labour Day weekend is better known for the extremely popular community festival, Moomba, which has been incorporated into the weekend, and the parade is all about festive floats, not the trades.
The Birdman Rally is a popular event over the weekend. It operates under the pretence of setting distance records of human-powered flight. Really, it is a chance for people to get dressed up in silly costumes, strap on something that vaguely resembles wings, and jump into the Yarra River. The most dangerous part of the event isn’t the jump from on high, it is surviving a dunk in the notoriously icky water in that part of the river!
I love that we are celebrating a reduction in general working hours by having an entire day off. As such, our household is having a day off, and in support of reduced working hours I will be doing even less housework than usual.