China’s central government has announced that the Lunar New Year’s Eve will be dropped from the public holiday list, and naturally, the general public isn’t please.
A poll conducted on Sina shows that 90 percent of the 50,000 participants asked were against the government’s decision not to grant a public holiday on the date (January 30 of next year), according to SCMP, because it refuses to honor a custom lasting thousands of years.
“If there is no holiday on Lunar New Year’s Eve, how can I return home to be reunited with my parents? This is a serious violation against filial piety,” one user commented in the Sina poll.
“China has many migrant workers. Their needs have been totally forgotten by the government,” an internet user in Shanghai posted. “Lunar New Year’s Eve is a day for family reunions. Now the government wants everyone who is away from home to have the year’s most important dinner on the road,” another user wrote.
The Global Times listed views of people and publications like Xinhua in agreement with the arrangement, saying that it “preserves the seven-day holiday” and “avoids making later adjustments for short holidays”, insisting that many work places will still give its employees a half day.
Many netizens, however, still believe that the government hasn’t taken the needs of its people into consideration and that the decision goes against its constant push for people to embrace and pass on traditional Chinese culture. “Our officials hold foreign passports and have Easter and Christmas. Who cares about a Chinese festival?” one user said.
Last year, China’s railways saw a total of 240 million trips taken over the New Year holiday, 42.5 million trips by ship and 38.07 million journeys by plane, according to authorities.
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