holiday hatred

Is it just me who finds the number of holidays being doled out in the name of LB elections ridiculous? Schools have been off on the 15th (because Independence Day was on a Sunday), the 17th, the 18th and now apparently tomorrow and the 25th are holidays too?! While one half of me regrets that I am no longer in school and my university’s administration isn’t as benevolent as I’d like it to be, I wonder if all these holidays are really required, save for those schools that have been converted into polling booths.

7 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 2:35 am

    I could not agree with you more – It was stupid of the govt to announce 15th Aug as a holiday, too bad if for one year the 14th fell on a Sunday but seems like someone wanted two days of fun. What a waste to the economy, then again whos can argue when the Govt feels the need to issue a public holiday for the Local election where there is only a 15-20% turnout. For a fact, there is no holiday in the US for election day and people still show up to vote while working. Sadly our economy is weak enough to worry about holidays.

    Is it true that we in Karachi also get a holiday on the 25th when we dont have any polling that day? If so heck what a waste of time.

  2. Anathema (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 11:13 am

    understandbale for u guys who got a holiday one too many in a week. try looking at our bankers’ perspective: no holiday since april . none due tilll october. quite burnout that is. and sundays whizz by in a jiffy.

    sorry but i know i speak for the banking industry when everyone of us sighted a relief at teh announcement. should see our faez this morning. they’re bright and shiny. no im not talking about foreign banks who get alternate saturdays off.

  3. Tariq (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

    Rightly said Anathema! In the USA if a public holiday falls on a weekend, they DO move it forward to a weekday. That’s how it works everywhere, and it’s logical as it is a gazetted holiday, and allocation is made for a day off on Independence day. So moving it forward is not a big deal.

  4. Anathema (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 7:30 pm

    Sadly enough, Tariq, that is only a holiday for contractual employees in the Oil & Gas Sector. Bankers just never gte off. We were not even givevn off yesterday until the SBP announced it, even if the entire Pakistan has been off. Groan!

    Sorry Saba. But seriously. Being allowed only 14 mandatory holidays in a year, and having the entire year;s holidays fall on Sundays really does warrant us to jubilate at the sound of Holiday, even if it is uncalled for. I had the same attitude when a student. Two years into working and I C-R-A-V-E even walking late into office, every hour is a blessing!

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 7:33 pm

    And yes Teeth Maestro, 25th has been declared a holiday for the banking industry and educational institutions. Confirmations for a holiday on the 25th for the remaining sectors remain unannounced.

  6. ALISHAN LAKHANI (unregistered) on August 21st, 2005 @ 8:58 pm

    ya 25th plus 24th also declared public holidays…so much fun for me…yahooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Anathema (unregistered) on August 21st, 2005 @ 10:49 pm

    you might want to take that back Alishan. I dont know abouut public but the SBP is rumoured to have withdrawn its holiday of the 25th on grounds that 25th does not requriee public polling. but it is yet to be confirmed.

    why is 24th a holiday?

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