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Rotate additional public holiday among religions?

In Holidays and Festivals on 19/02/2015 at 6:58 am

P Ravi (the Ravi that doesn’t go round prancing half-naked at Hong Leong Green when he forgets to take his medicine)  wrote I however appreciate the Manpower Ministry’s chronicling of how considering the socio-economic status of Singapore in 1968, the religious leaders were able to forego the public holiday status of some of their celebrations.

While acknowledging the selflessness of these religious leaders, the Government should also not forget the promise it made to Singaporeans at the time of reducing the number of public holidays.

The Government had then said that when Singapore prospered, it will move amendments to increase the number of holidays. It also urged Singaporeans to work hard to show that they deserved more holidays.

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/02/government-should-keep-promise-to-gazette-at-least-one-other-holiday/

“Juz rotate among all the major races: One yr Thaipusam, another yr third day of CNY, another yr Mohd’s birthday,” posted my Facebook avatar.

And P Ravi’s wrong about “the religious leaders were able to forego the public holiday status of some of their celebrations”. “Leaders” of the Christians, Hindus and Muslims were told in no uncertain terms that each religion had to volunteer to lose one public holiday each for the sake of nation building, while the govt removed holiday status from the third day of CNY and on the day after Christmas.  As the Buddhists had only one public holiday, they were not asked to surrender their holy day.

But there those who think (self-included) that the third day of CNY was removed because of concerns that otherwise Muslims and Hindus would riot: on the grounds of racial, religious discrimination. Just see how every yr, there is a row on Thaipusam.

So let’s rotate the extra holiday between the Chinese and the two religions where one’s religion is closely tied to one’s ethnic identity.

What about Good Friday? Well BG Yeo once said, “Christians don’t riot”.  Anyway, the number of Christian holidays is a relic of empire, not the facts on the ground.

Second last para added hours after first publication. Still blur.

  1. Noted your comment : Just see how every yr, there is a row on Thaipusam.
    It seems the north celebrates Divali, the south Thaipusam.

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