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“Why Is Deepavali Only One-Day Holiday?” Students Can Barely Celebrate With Families In Peace

“Why Is Deepavali Only One-Day Holiday?” Students Can Barely Celebrate With Families In Peace

The one-day Deepavali holiday also makes it hard for families to travel back to their hometown to fully enjoy the celebration with loved ones.

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Malaysia has a multi-racial and multi-religious population so its citizens are blessed with various holidays over the year.

However, the length of public holidays is not the same for all. In this case, Muar MP Syed Saddiq had received a complaint from a student regarding the one-day Deepavali holiday.

The student explained that the holiday for Deepavali or Diwali was too short and most students couldn’t enjoy the celebration because they would have to return to school or work the next day.

The short holiday also meant that they couldn’t go home to celebrate with their families.

It is just one day and we cannot even celebrate our festival as we have class the very next day and most of us cannot even go back home to visit and celebrate it with our family members.

Anonymous student

Speaking on behalf of most Indian students, the student humbly requested Syed Saddiq to look into the matter so that they could also celebrate Deepavali with their families in peace.

For comparison, the Chinese New Year and Hari Raya holidays typically last two days. The extra holidays are dependent on each company or workplace.

Why is Deepavali only one day?

In response, Syed Saddiq posed the question online, “Why is the Deepavali holiday only a day?”

He added that the holiday falls on a Monday, and students would have to return to class the next day.

I suggest ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ should make it a bit longer. Make it the same as Raya and Chinese New Year. Pity them.

Muar MP Syed Saddiq
For illustration purposes. Image: TRP File

However, not all netizens agree to change the length of the Deepavali holiday. A netizen said the holidays are short because the Indian population is a minority in the country.

It’s sad because some of them said the short holiday shouldn’t be changed because it has always been that way.

There were also those who supported the call for change and asked for all festive holidays to be standardised to be fair to all.

Another user pointed out that although the Indian population is a minority, they are still one of the major races in Malaysia.

Moreover, a netizen said those celebrating Deepavali would need an extra day to prepare for the celebration too.

Should there be more holidays?

The argument against extra public holidays often boils down to one determining factor: the nation’s productivity.

Most companies argue that the increase in the number of public holidays can affect the nation’s productivity and economy.

However, some also argued that the extra day off is beneficial to overworked employees and they come back to work fresher after the holidays.

This sentiment is supported by an Italian study done in 2014 which found employees were more productive after a holiday because they were rested and relaxed.

So, should there be extra holidays? It’s difficult to pin down the correct answer that will satisfy all parties.

At the end of the day, it’s a great balancing act to keep the nation running and well-rested.

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