Our office in Japan is closed on Monday for ‘National Physical Fitness Day’. I think that’s great! That’s the way public holidays should be (and why you’ve got to love the wacky Japanese). My experience of Japan tells me there will really be physical fitness activities aplenty that day. If they had that here though (or the UK and US) my guess is it would become “sit on your arse, eat junk and get drunk day’.
Relevant public holidays are a much better idea. Who needs a day off for Saint Smorgastine’s day when you can take time to enjoy ‘lazy bastard Monday’ or ‘national walk to the kebab shop Tuesday’. Or how about ‘national melons day’, which was actually a real public holiday in Turkmenistan a few years back.
Any other suggestions?