After working hard for all week long, we all keenly wait for Sunday. Because it is the day when all the offices, schools, colleges are closed. But have you ever guys thought why Sunday is celebrated as a public holiday? Welcome to Humor Nation. Today we will take a look at the interesting reason behind why Sunday is declared a public holiday all across the world.
How Sunday Holiday Started In India!
When India was under the British rule, the mill workers in India had to work hard for all seven days of a week. They didn’t get any holiday or any kind of leave to get rest. The British officials and workers would go to church every sunday and offer their prayers while there was no such tradition for the Indian mill workers.
At the point of time, Narayan Meghaji Lokhande was the leader of the mill workers, he presented a proposal of a weekly holiday in front of the Britishers. He said, “After working hard for six days, the workers should get a day to serve their country and society. Sunday is the day of the Hindu deity ‘Khandoba’. Hence Sunday should be declared as a holiday”. But the British officials rejected his proposal.
Lokhande didn’t accept the defeat, he continued his struggle. After a 7-year long struggle, on 10th June 1890, British Government declared sunday as a holiday. What’s surprising is that Indian government never issued any orders regarding this holiday.
Sunday Holiday Across The World
According to the International Organization for Standardization ISO 8601, Sunday is the 7th and also the last day of the week. In 1844, the governor general of British, introduced the provision of ‘Sunday Holiday’ for the school going students. The reason behind it was to allow students to engage in some creative activities on this day and take a break from the routine academics.
Significance Of Sunday In Hinduism
According ot the Hindu Calender, the week starts with Sunday. It is the day of the ‘Surya Devta’, as per the Hindu tradition, it is the day when Surya and all the other gods and goddesses are worshipped. By doing so, it is believed that peace and prosperity comes in life. And to make sure that the worshippers don’t face any problems in following their tradition, the day Sunday has been considered a holiday.
In Other Countries Around The World
In most of the Muslim countries, the day of worship is Friday. And hence, there is a holiday on Friday. But in many countries, Sunday is declared as a Holiday. The reason behind is since Sunday is the last day of the week. People need a day off to get rest and offer their prayers.
SUNDAY HAS NEVER BEEN DECLARED AS A HOLIDAY
A RTI activist Rama Sharma in Jammu, sought information under the RTI act from the PM Office, he asked whether there’s an official notification or order which has been issued by the Indian government declared the day Sunday as holiday?
A reply came from the department of Personnel and Training of the Indian Government on the date July 18, 2012. The reply said,
As per records available in JCA section of Department of Personnel & Training, there is no information regarding declaration of Sunday as holiday.
The reply also gave reference of order no. 13/4/85-JCA dated May 21, 1985 of Department of Personnel and Training:
“The Government of India are pleased to introduce 5-day week in the civil administration offices of the Government of India with effect from 03rd June, 1985. Such Government offices would now work for five days a week from Monday to Friday, with all Saturdays as closed.”
But even it didn’t declare Sunday as a holiday. Back in 1840, Sunday officially became an ‘off day’ by the British Government to give rest to the working officials and employees.