Holidays have been around for much longer than anyone can remember. They’ve always been a part of our cultures, religions, and societies. Not all holidays are celebrated the same or have the same level of significance, but most everyone will cherish them. Holidays are days to simply relax and take it easy; days for self-reflection and becoming more deeply versed in tradition. One of the most important categories a holiday can fall into is a Federal Holiday, also known as a Public
First off, I want to think aloud about what a holiday is meant for. As previously mentioned, it is a day a person can dedicate to themselves, someone else, or to the object of their worship. Examples of these days being: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and holidays such as Christmas or Hanukkah. These are days we look forward to and build up anticipation for. Even if the day has not yet come, our expectations for the day have already been set up in advance. This is a stark parallel to normal days since most people wake up without a clue for how the day will go; whether it turns out to be good or bad, it’s just a normal day. The second reason for holidays are moments to simply step back from our normal days and breathe. There is no place for upcoming deadlines or dates – no use for worries or stress. On a holiday, you live in the moment of celebration and are allowed time to recharge. After a holiday we return to our normal routines during our normal days, doing normal things, and with normal expectations. They can be seen as a way to help prevent burnout.
Now, before reaching the problem, let us think about an example
Holidays are meant to be fun days that everyone can enjoy. It seems almost blasphemous to work on one. Even if we still have to come to class, something in lieu of the day off can be offered. Perhaps a game-like activity or snack foods. One class I walked in on a few years back was having a Cinco de Mayo party. I still even have the head of the piñata from that day hanging from my coat rack.
So, in closing, holidays are important for us to adhere to. In the interests of our mental state and ability to keep trucking through those boring, normal days we should celebrate Holidays. It doesn’t have to be much in the way of celebration, but maybe a little food or a little music. Holidays are different from those normal days for a reason.
I say we respect that.