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!