Sept. 2: Labor Day, National Beheading Day, National Blueberry Popsicle Day

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Labor Day

To many, Labor Day means backyard barbecues, sidewalk sales and model year-end closeouts. But why do we really celebrate this day?

Author Mat Catastrophe suggests that most Americans don't really understand what Labor Day is all about. They take for granted things like workplace safety, minimum wage and child labor laws. But if it weren't for past American workers who struggled and even died for better working conditions, we may still be working 18-hour days from the age of 9 or 10!

The first recognition of Labor Day was by individual municipalities in 1885 and 1886. Little by little, the idea caught on and entire states began to join in as well. But it wasn't until June 28, 1894, that Congress passed an act that made the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

National Beheading Day

From time to time we celebrate holidays that are meant to be figurative rather than literal. "National Beheading Day," which is observed on Sept. 2, is one of those days.

Thank goodness beheading is no longer an acceptable means of punishment in most countries. Saudi Arabia, however, still uses beheading in its capital punishment.

Beheadings in Saudi Arabia are carried out in public, where both the convicted and the swordsman wear white. A plastic tarp is laid on the ground to make clean-up easier, although the body is sometimes displayed in public as a warning to others.

There has recently been some consideration given to retiring the practice of execution by beheading in Saudi Arabia. However, it is not due to the barbaric nature of the act, but instead a shortage of trained swordsmen.

National Blueberry Popsicle Day

As Labor Day heralds in the last celebrations of summer, we say goodbye with one of warm weather's favorite frosty delights. Sept. 2 is "National Blueberry Popsicle Day!"

Blueberries have recently come to be known as a "superfood" because they are filled with antioxidant phytonutrients. They provide as much antioxidant protection as 1,733 International Units of vitamin E and more than 1,200 milligrams of vitamin C.

To celebrate this tasty day, why not try out this deliciously fresh and frosty Red, White and Blueberry Popsicle recipe from Yahoo! Shine?

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