I had one thought this year when I saw China’s public holiday schedule — man we’re going to have to work a lot of Sundays this year. When I first came to China almost five and half years ago, this idea of working weekends to create a week-long holiday was one of the country’s great mysteries. In my home country of Canada this idea would be considered ridiculous. But then again the entire country taking a week off would also be thought of as kind of silly. What’s the point of it all? Especially since most people just take the day off.
I’m usually one of those people, but since I’m in the process of switching jobs at the moment I’m going to lose the opportunity to do that. And I can only justify using the day to catch up on work one or two times during the year. If I don’t have tasks to do then the day feels like a waste and the fact that it’s on a Sunday — a day that for me is one where I tend to just curl up with a book– something that I can’t do in the office.
I don’t understand why the government can’t just give us the day off? As I’ve said the day isn’t a very productive one. I guess the reason is that if they did that there’d be more lost production but it’s only really three Sundays a year. The government should just throw us a bone and give us the time off. People here work really hard — and some don’t get any additional annual leave from their companies — so they should at least get a couple of Sundays. Six-day work weeks can just be soul crushing otherwise.