China has released the national holiday schedule for 2014, provoking a strong reaction from the public, China Daily reported Thursday. The schedule links official holiday periods with weekends, thus extending the number of consecutive days workers can take off. The new arrangement means that Spring Festival and National Day holidays will be extended to seven-day breaks. Meanwhile, the Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival will become three-day holidays. However, New Year’s Day will be celebrated as a one-day holiday. Excluding the attached weekends, there will be 11 official days of holiday in 2014 similar to previous years. The schedule drew a strong response from the public, with some people lamenting the fact that it offers no extra time off and others expressing opposition to being forced to work on the eve of the lunar new year, the report said.
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