365 Things to Look Forward to–Number 16: Holidays!

16.  Holidays!

Happy Canada Day! Yes, it is a holiday in Canada, and everyone is celebrating on PEI by staying home. Except, of course, for those who need to work today. Well, I’m really assuming everyone is staying home, basing that on the number of cars I see in the parking lot of my apartment building and the parking lots of the apartment buildings surrounding mine.

Indeed, holidays are something to look forward to, for several reasons.

1. It’s a great refreshing break from work. Usually, offices shut down for the holidays. Schools too, though they’re not really affected by this holiday because it’s summer break after all, and no one is in school! It’s a long weekend, too. Since the 1st of July falls on a Friday this year, people get Friday till Sunday off, and because it falls on a weekend, more people get even Monday the 4th off! It’s perfect timing this year, for those who want to mingle with the crowds trying to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, when they arrive in PEI on Sunday evening and race around on schedule on Monday.

2. It’s a time to celebrate. Depending on the holiday, different cultures and different religions have their special ways of celebrating the day. Public ceremonies as well as private traditions are held. In may cases, holidays are times when friends or families get together, simply because everyone is free on those days! Except for those who have to work. I have my own favorite holidays, besides my birthday, and that is Christmas! And because it’s such a huge favorite of mine, I’m saving it for another thing to look forward to.

3.  Premium pay. If you are one of those who have to work on a holiday, the thing to look forward to is time-and-a-half pay, or double pay, depending on the labour laws in your province, state, or country. After all, everyone else is taking a day off, so for you to have to work when everyone else isn’t working is going above  and beyond what is expected of you, hence pay that is above and beyond the usual. It’s only fair.

So go and celebrate the holiday in whatever way you want: picnic, beach, walks, parties, socials, decorations, eating out, or simply staying home to do whatever you want, including sleeping in or catching up on hobbies. It’s a free day, after all, so use it to do something you wouldn’t otherwise have time to do. Unfortunately for PEI denizens, shopping or malling isn’t an option on holidays, since most stores and malls close on holidays. A few might have shortened holiday hours, but in general, you can’t do your shopping on a holiday. The most likely stores that might be open with shortened hours will be grocery stores and pharmacies. And, of course, restaurants, because most everyone wants to celebrate their holidays with food, and it wouldn’t be a real holiday if you had to slave in the kitchen just to celebrate. It somewhat takes away the spirit of celebrating and taking a break. That’s why people who work in restaurants go to work on holidays–because most people don’t want to cook!

Sigh.

I need a job that lets me have holidays off, too, so I’d have more things to look forward to!

 

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