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Which public holidays do you like the most?
That’s a good question……. I guess I would have to say The Spring Festival, which I’m sure is most people’s favourite, the main reason being that it’s by far the most important festival in our culture. And so everything feels just a bit different during that time. You know, everyone seems happier, the streets are livelier, and it’s basically just like one long party which stretches on for a week or two. And, it’s also probably the only time of year you can eat and drink to your heart’s content without feeling guilty about it!
What do other people in your country usually do on public holidays?
I can’t speak for everyone, but I guess most people either stay at home or go travelling. And if you’ve ever stayed in China during a public holiday, you’ll have seen for yourself the hordes of people that flock to all the tourist spots, right across the country.
What would you like to do during the next public holiday?
Umm…I haven’t really given it much thought actually! But seeing as I went travelling during the last one, I’ll probably just take it easy and spend the time chilling out at home. Something like that!
Do you think public holidays are important?
Yeah, I think they really are, cos I mean, here in China, the public holidays are always on a certain festival, so it’s one way of helping maintain all the various customs and traditions we have. Just to give you an example, if you took away the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, it probably wouldn’t get the attention it deserved, and over time, people might simply stop bothering with all the customs that are associated with the festival, like dragon-boat racing. So yeah, I think it’s pretty important that we continue to have them.
Do you think there should be more public holidays in your country?
No, not really, if I’m gonna be honest with you. I mean, I think we have enough as it is. Almost every month there seems to be a public holiday of some sort, and you know, I think that’s more or less enough. There’s no need to go over the top with them , otherwise, ……. , I guess it would break up the momentum of our daily lives, if that makes sense!