Talking Point: Should Christmas Day become Religious Day?

2013-05-04 11:59

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The proposal by the Commission of the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Culture, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) to merge and scrap some of the public holidays has met with mixed reaction.

Some said the proposal was long overdue because Christianity was favoured in the allocation of holidays, while others felt there was no need to change the status quo.

The commission proposed that holidays like Family Day, Boxing Day and the Day of Reconciliation be scrapped. It recommended that the Public Holiday Act be amended by adding other religions.

It also wanted Women’s Day and Heritage Day to be merged.

Here’s what you said:

» Nora Moeketsi (45)

“This proposal is a waste of time and money. Easter Monday, which has become Family Day, now is celebrated across the globe. For the minority to suggest that it be scrapped is absurd.”

» Steven Moagi (34)

“I couldn’t agree more. Some of the public holidays don’t add value in our lives. In fact, I think Christmas should be turned into Religious Day so that every religious group can celebrate it.”

» Anthony Gowrie (64)

“I think this process is long overdue. Some of these holidays should have been scrapped a long time ago. For every day that is not worked, economic growth is affected.”

» Shaheen Ramjan (25)

“I am 100% behind this proposal. As a Muslim I feel alienated by some the religious holidays that are celebrated in this country. We are all South Africans and deserve to be treated equally.”

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