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An overhaul of national holiday system

Viewed 294 times 2018-2-11 23:36 |System category:News| festival, holiday

Chinese government has announced a crucial overhaul of our national holiday system. The traditional national holidays like Tomb-sweeping Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival will be chosen and became national holidays. At the same time, the three days holiday of May Day will be cut into one day. Some opposed the announcement and criticized that it is ridiculous to add the above three festivals, while other people debated that it is a significant method to inherit traditional culture and people can have sufficient time to cherish the memory of their dead family members, eat rice dumpling and moon cake. In my opinion, it is the best way to spread Chinese traditional culture and get to know the traditions of the national festivals.

Before the Chinese Government declared the news, Chinese people didn't pay more attention to our traditional festivals. After the official policies have been announced, people began to notice the relevant information. Nowadays, young generations are always focus on western festivals and rarely realize the dangerous of disappearing of traditional cultures and festivals. As we can see, people can spend more time with their family, more food and activities are provided to supply the holidays, while young generation is given more opportunities to know the Chinese traditional festivals.

Moreover, with the adjustment of paid holidays in China, people will have 11 days to relax and enjoy the pleasant time. The buying power is increasing every year, people have more money to consume on the holidays. In fact, the ceremonies of traditional festivals will give people a good sense of happiness and belonging. In the meantime, Chinese economy will be enhanced every year, and the public can closely touch traditional culture and raise recognition of cultural identity. 

It's right time for Chinese central government to overhaul the national holiday system. Additionally, the local governments have set up the local festivals, such as the Water-Sprinkling Festival, the Nadam Festival, the Torch Festival and so on. To protect national culture heritage, we should support the overhaul of national holiday system and remain the traditions and develop them.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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