The National Holiday Schedule for 2010 actually came out a while ago, but with September and October holidays approaching, it seems that Chinese citizens are beginning to sit up and take notice… and they are NOT happy with what they’re seeing.
White collar workers have found it so illogical that it’s being called the “the most chaotic holiday schedule in history.” The biggest complaints are reserved for the Mid-Autumn Festival in September and the National Day holidays. This year, people will get one day off on Saturday, September 18, before having to go back to work for three more days starting Sunday, Septmber 19. After three days of mid-week holidays, they’re back to work yet again over the September 25th weekend and until Friday, October 1.
THEN on October 8, you get to start work again for two more days, before getting one day off on October 10, and then going back to the regular work week on Monday.
To recap, starting September 13 to October 10, it’s 5 days work, 1 day holiday, 3 days of work, 3 days of holiday, 6 days of work, 7 days holiday, 2 days of work, 1 day holiday.
Why? According to Ming Cheng, “The (vague) official explanation given for the impractical holiday schedule is to prevent the length of holidays for urban workers to go on too long.”
Yes, because if there’s anything urban Chinese workers are known for, it’s their inability to get back in the groove of working. Who wants to bet the number of people getting “sick” will mysteriously rise on those one-day weekend workdays?