Monday, March 03, 2008

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It's pound-head-against-wall time again. That's right, I'm up at 1AM on a Sunday/Monday night doing a rough draft of our school's 2008-2009 calendar. This is when the vagaries of Chinese-style scheduling rise up and strike me in full force with facts like the following:

根据修改后的《全国年节及纪念日放假办法》规定,清明、端午、中秋三个中国传统节日各放假一天。然而有网友提问:以2009年端午节为例,当年有两个农历五月,端午分别在5月28日和6月27日。对此,国务院关于修改《全国年节及纪念日放假办法》的决定并未给出解答。

According to the changes made in "Regulation on Public Holidays for National Annual Festivals and Memorial Days", a one-day holiday will be declared on three of China's traditional holidays: Tomb-Sweeping Day, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival. However, as some netizens have pointed out, cases exist like 2009 where there will be two months of May on the lunar calendar, with Dragon Boat Festivals on both May 28 and May2 27. The State Council's decision regarding "Regulation on Public Holidays" does not delineate how to settle this situation.

The USA doesn't have problems like this and we only have 200 years of history. ARgh. You'd think this country had gone through some massive social and political upheaval that required a rethinking of its culture and rewriting of all of its laws.

2 Comments:

At Mar 3, 2008, 11:46:00 AM, Anonymous zhwj said:

I don't know if it's written into the actual regulations, but various officials have made clear during press conferences and in other venues that any vacation time will be given in the first month: link.

What gets me is that none of this is mapped out in advance - it's only at the end of December/beginning of January that the year's holidays are mapped out. It's like they're saying, "well, you'll get holidays this year, but we can't promise anything for next year."

 
At Mar 15, 2008, 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Micah said:

You're right, the officials have made it clear in press conferences and other venues (in fact, the next paragraph of the article I'm quoting from says so too). You'd think that being "officials" they could have made if official by putting it into the law.

 

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