The Executive Yuan has designated a total of 115 holidays next year, including a nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, the largest number of holidays it has given in recent years, Director-General of Personnel Administration announced in a news release yesterday.
Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) approved the proposal in favor of another one in which the Lunar New Year holiday would only be six days long.
The decision failed to meet a demand made by representatives of business and industry groups who wanted a shorter Lunar New Year break.
Asked for the reasons for his decision, Chen said there was no significant difference between the two proposals because both had the same number of days that were not holidays.
Under the proposal, there will be three long weekends — at least three days in length — next year, including New Year’s Day from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1, the Tomb-Sweeping Festival from April 3 to April 7 and the Moon Festival from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22.
To make up for the two work days that were designate days off so that a regular holiday could be joined with weekend holidays in April and September, people would have to work on two Saturdays: April 13 and Sept. 14.
People would also need to come in to work on Feb. 23, another Saturday, to make up for their day off on Feb. 15, a Friday designated a holiday to create a nine-day Lunar New Year holiday.
In addition to Lunar New Year, students will have a 30-day break in the winter from Jan. 19 to Feb. 17, according to the proposal.