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Friday, 30 March 2018

What Do You Think?

Happy Good Friday to all of you whether you are recognising the religious event or just spending time with family.  Here's my question.   I don't know about your country but ours is a mix of religions...Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and many many more.  How come then, that on the Christian religious holidays like Easter and Christmas everything shuts down and everyone gets a holiday.  Shouldn't all religions be recognised and followers of for example the Jewish faith gets their holiday days off, Muslims get their holiday days off, Christians get their holiday days off and NOTHING closes down.  Doesn't that seem a little more fair?  Of course you would have to register with your employer as to which religious leanings you have and possibly inform them of the religious holidays pertaining to your faith...some folks might not like that...not sure.  Perhaps people would just rather be given a few extra vacation days and arrange to take them on their religious holidays...that might make things a little more simple.  What do you think?

14 comments:

  1. Easter and Good Friday are not recognized as a Federal Holidays in the US. We too have many religions and perhaps none of their special occasions should be recognized as National holidays. Christmas is our only religious holiday recognized as a National Holiday.

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    1. It seems to vary from province to province here....in Ontario everything shuts down on Good Friday...Easter day is Sunday.....government offices and services shut down on Easter Monday which is schools, banks, liquor stores, postal services etc. In Alberta today the grocery stores are open and the big box stores are only closed for the morning. I have no idea whadt the other provinces do.

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  2. Registering your faith with a government agency sounds very negative to me. In future, that could help members of a group be rounded up, as in Nazi Germany. Easter is on a Sunday and is not a federal holiday and in the USA most people do celebrate Christmas so let's keep that as a holiday. I like your post, it is good to get us thinking.

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    1. No, I don't think a registry with employers is a good thing either..maybe just a few extra vacation days to cover the various events.

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  3. I have no religious beliefs, but I believe religiously in time off :) lol One day a month is about right.

    Like Terra said, it's good to get the brain working. And I recognize your point about everything being closed. My mom finds holidays hard because there is nowhere for her to go for her daily outing. She gets cabin fever really fast. I've been like that at time, but now that we are the hosts for family dinners, my holidays are always spent either preparing for or recovering from the visits!

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    1. When I worked I loved those days off too...you can never get enough of them.

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  4. I really like the idea of recognising different faiths, and keeping things open for most of the year. We are a secular nation but almost everything will be shut over Easter. Which makes life even harder for the disenfranchised like the homeless.

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  5. I would love to get the opinion and facts from someone who worked in Human Resources. I believe it is considered a discriminatory practice to inquire about one's religion...at least here it is, according to EEOC (https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/practices/inquiries_religious.cfm)...:)JP

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  6. Interesting. Christian holidays have probably gotten more recognition because Christians have historically been in the majority here, but we've become increasingly more diverse, and I'm pretty sure people who follow other religions can ask for their special days off... or for their special times to pray, whatever. At least schools no longer call their breaks by religious names. When I was a kid, we had Christmas and Easter breaks, but now, schools have a winter break and a spring break. :)

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  7. Christmas falls at a time that many other religions celebrate also. I think of it as a family holiday and I am sure that whatever God you believe in (or none), would be pleased that we take time to celebrate together. Other than that, today in America most companies have floating holidays when we can take off when we want.

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  8. Most large companies I know of give everyone several personal days and those are used for different religious holidays, or just personal days off. Seems to work well.

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  9. It might be more simple for nothing to close, but then whoever wants to can use a personal day or a vacation day to celebrate a holiday (holy day). Similar to what joeh said. The only problem there is if several people from one religion all working at the same place all take the same day off. I know of a girl who isn't at all religious, but every year took a day off on her birthday.

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  10. One could claim to be a follower of all religions, and be on a continuous holiday! :)

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  11. Our large stores seem to shut on Easter Sunday ...whereas the smaller shops are open but on restricted hours.

    All the best Jan

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