holidays festivals (Independence Day and Janmashtami) this fortnight.
“More and more festivals should come forward and volunteer to fall either on a Friday or a Monday, to make life easy. For instance, this week I was supposed to finish the assignment of creating a database of women who have liked our page on Facebook. But, obviously I couldn’t concentrate on the job. On Friday, when my boss asked for the report, I told him I was unable to finish the job as Monday had been a holiday. I appreciate August 15 for falling on Monday, and Janmashtami also has made life easier this time around,” says Shivam, an employee at a reputed cosmetics company. He added defiantly, “If a festival falls on a Sunday, I’ll protest by not celebrating it.” Gandhi Jayanti and Christmas fall on Sundays this year.
The proposal for the pact, our sources tell us, was presented to the makers of the Hindi calendar last week, by a group of people calling themselves the Civil Society. It had representation from college-going students and employees from all sectors. “Students of colleges where attendance isn’t a big problem wanted festivals on Tuesdays instead of Mondays for obvious reasons. But the office-going folks disagreed, as unlike us, they can’t do unofficial mass bunks on Monday,” a Delhi University student told us.
The Society met pundits and astrologers to discuss the possibilities. “It is quite possible, they said. Although the Hindu calendar was made centuries ago, Kaliyug was designed for tampering everything. With increasing population, planetary positions no more dominate people. Instead, humans affect stars now. The planets are ready to move as we want them to. The moon and the stars in the sky can’t be moving all the time, and can readily go on holiday. Once they can be compromised with, festivals like Holi and Dusshera can be shifted to wherever we please. Even Goddess Durga wouldn’t have liked to kill Mahishasur on a Sunday,” said Avkaash Kejriwal, a Civil Society member.
The problem, though, remains with national holidays and Christmas Day, which fall on a fixed date. “Talks are on. We hope it will be resolved before October 2. We don’t want to remember Gandhiji on a Sunday. Sundays are for sitting at home,” said another member. When asked if he would remember the Father of the Nation on October 2 if it fell on a Monday, he refused to comment.
Sudarshan Agarwal, who believes Christmas observes the birth of Krrish, says vehemently, “I will go on a strike for a week if Christmas this year is not shifted to another day.”