This weekend will be another one of those few long weekends here in the US.
It is Labor Day (the 1st Monday of September) weekend when workers, except those working in the health care, food, hospitality and retail industries (and all other industries that require 24/7 operations), get to enjoy an extra day off from the daily grind.
When I say “few” long weekends or holidays, I mean this is relative to what I have been used to in the Philippines, which enjoys around 18 non-working holidays per year.
Yes, you’ve read that right. There are around 18 non-working holidays in the Philippines every year. These include religious observances like Holy Week (Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday), Christmas Day and the addition of Muslim holy days like Eid’l Fitr, national holidays like Independence day and other random bonus non-working days sprinkled in by the government to appease certain groups or the general public like Chinese New Year or the day before Christmas.
I think this year there were even more than 18 holidays. 19 to date. I have a feeling there will be another special proclamation for another non-working holiday for Eid Al Adha in October.
Goodness. To think that I used to complain that there weren’t enough.
Here in the US, I could count the official non-working holidays in my hand:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving (2 days: Thursday + the famous Black Friday)
- Christmas Day
That’s it pancit!
So if you think you’ve got it bad back home, you don’t. You really don’t. Count your blessings? Yeah, you guys have at least 11 more non-working holidays to enjoy.
In your host country, how many non-working holidays do you have?
But for now, it is time for us to enjoy the long weekend! Tootles!