How much fun was the Spring Festival holiday? If only it were longer… say 15 days?
That’s the proposal by one National People’s Congress (NPC) delegate that is generating the most buzz at this year’s “Two Sessions,” China’s annual parliamentary meetings in Beijing.
This year, the Spring Festival holiday was seven days long with workers having to make up two of those days on the weekends.
According to Lai Xiaomin, the chairman of China Huarong Asset Management, seven days simply is not enough time to properly celebrate China’s biggest festival of the year. Each year, in the world’s largest annual human migration, millions of Chinese migrant workers return home to spend the Chinese New Year holiday with their families.
However, for many migrant workers, the journey can be long and arduous, leaving them with little time to spend with their loved ones for the only trip that they will take home for the entire year.
Therefore, Lai has put forward a proposal to extend the annual Spring Festival holiday to 15 days — stretching from Lunar New Year’s Eve all the way to the Lantern Festival.
Along with benefiting families, Lai argues that the change will also do wonders for the Chinese economy, increasing consumer spending as even more families take long vacations around the country.
Previously, a Xinhua survey found that 95.45% of respondents wished that the Spring Festival holiday were longer with 69.84% supporting a 15-day break.
The proposal has been met with widespread support online:
“I think this proposal is really great,” reads the top comment on one thread with over 44,000 likes.
“This is the most down-to-earth proposal yet at the Two Sessions.”
“The NPC does have some good people.”
“This proposal is very good and has the will of the people; however, it’s not likely to pass.”
“Please give all the microphones to this man and turn the volume up all the way.”
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