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Many countries around the world observe long holidays, which can last for several days or even weeks. These holidays are often associated with cultural, religious, or national events and provide an opportunity for individuals to rest, recharge, and spend time with their loved ones.

Long holiday could bring both positive impact as well as challenging ones on businesses, the increase in demand for certain goods and services could be one of positiveness, For example, during major festivals or holiday periods, many businesses experience a surge in sales as people make purchases for gifts, travel, and celebrations. This can be beneficial for some companies, but it can also lead to shortages of products, increased competition, and higher prices.

Long holiday can also have significant impacts on businesses and the economy. Companies need to plan for these periods and implement strategies to mitigate the potential negative effects. This may include hiring temporary staff, adjusting production schedules, or increasing marketing efforts to capitalize on increased demand. By doing so, businesses can minimize any disruptions caused by long holidays and maintain their operations effectively.

Moreover, long holidays can also affect the workforce. Employees who take extended time off may find it challenging to return to work and adjust to their previous routines. This can lead to decreased motivation, reduced productivity, and even burnout.

One example of a long holiday is the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated for 15 days in China and other Asian countries. During this period, people travel to their hometowns to reunite with their families, exchange gifts, and enjoy traditional food and festivities. The Chinese New Year provides an opportunity for families to strengthen their bonds and for individuals to take a break from work and reflect on the year ahead.

Golden Week, Japanese Ōgon Shūkan, also called Ōgata Renkyū, series of four holidays closely spaced together and observed at the end of April and beginning of May in Japan. The four holidays are Shōwa Day (April 29), Constitution Day (May 3), Greenery Day (May 4), and Children’s Day (May 5).

While in Indonesia it takes nearly a week for several festive holidays like Hari Raya for similar purpose whereby , people travel to their hometowns to reunite with their families, exchange gifts, and enjoy traditional food and festivities, seeking for forgiveness traditions to families , relatives and friends at their hometown.

Another example is the summer vacation in European countries, which can last for several weeks. This extended break provides students and families with the opportunity to travel, explore new places, and experience different cultures. The summer vacation also benefits the tourism industry, as many people choose to travel during this period, boosting local economies and creating jobs.

In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is observed on the fourth Thursday of November and is celebrated with family gatherings, feasts, and parades. This holiday provides an opportunity for people to express gratitude for their blessings and to spend time with their loved ones. The Thanksgiving holiday also has positive economic impacts, as it marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, generating significant revenue for retailers and creating jobs in the retail sector.

In short, long holidays provide individuals with the opportunity to rest, recharge, and spend time with their loved ones. They also have positive impacts on the economy, boosting tourism, generating revenue for retailers, and creating jobs. While there may be some challenging as well, such as ones like “decrease of productivity” and workforce disruptions, however the benefits of long holidays outweigh the drawbacks. Therefore, it is essential for individuals and businesses to plan for these periods and to enjoy the positive impacts they bring.

Holiday is nearly over … Hoping to resume work in fully recharged energy.


Salam Sehat Semangat Sukses

Bambang Purnomo , SS-BA, CSCA, CAVM Solution Consultant

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