Labor Day is Nearly Upon Us

         I mentioned before that another holiday was nearly upon us, which is Labor Day, May 1st.  Despite a 3-day block (Monday to Wednesday), the official day off is really only Wednesday.  Thus we have been teaching Monday and Tuesday classes this weekend.  Today, I finished my Monday classes and tomorrow I will end the Tuesday classes.
        This is a usual thing in China so I’m not really sure why the Chinese consider 3 days off a holiday. It actually is only 1 day, Wednesday.  But rather than have just one day in the middle of the week, we have a 3-day block so people can travel home, go on trips or just spend lots of money.  This is a common practice, using the weekend for “make-up days”.  It was the same in Taiwan as well.  Just another way the government helps the economy by freeing up consumers to do what they do best:  spend money!

        As always, I will be off to Chengdu where I hope to meet up with my friends as usual.  I’ll be back on Wednesday, just in time for a full teaching day on Thursday and the last class with the teachers. 

         Until then, I’ll wish you Ping Ahn (Peace) for your May Day!

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .
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