Feeling sleepy at work just a few days after the weeklong Spring Festival holiday? If yes, take consolation in knowing that you are not the only one that feels this way.
You are just one of the millions of employees who say that the Spring Festival holiday wears them out and they need more time to recuperate.
A survey by xinhuanet.com found that 95.49 percent of those interviewed felt the one week of holiday for the Spring Festival is not enough and they would like more days off so they can relax.
The results of the survey should not be surprising. Both the Spring Festival and the National Day holidays last one week, but they are different for a majority of employees, who work far away from their hometowns.
The National Day holiday is a modern holiday and there are commonly two ways of enjoying it: Travelling or resting at home. Both provide the opportunity to relax.
However, Spring Festival is a traditional holiday characterized by family reunions and socializing. People return to their hometowns and visit relatives.
A schedule widely spread online shows how busy an average person who works far away from hometown can be during the Spring Festival holiday:
As can be seen from the schedule, most people will only have one day to rest, the remaining time is taken up with socializing and traveling.
In the survey done by xinhuanet.com, 69.84 percent of the respondents wanted the Spring Festival holiday to be extended to 15 days in length. The issue has already been discussed by legislators.
In 2015, Liu Zhengjun, a legislator of the National People's Congress, the nation's top legislature, advised prolonging the Spring Festival holiday to 15 days. "Everyone is in a hurry－to buy tickets, catch trains, visit relatives. We need to change that."
This year's Spring Festival holiday has already ended but there is always next year.
It is time to respond to people's calls for a longer Spring Festival holiday, so that people can get a rest and "left-behind" children can enjoy more time with their parents.