By: Tom Fernandes ,Tushit Patel & Ayoush Chourasia via Quora
What is the best day of the week? Undoubtedly Sunday right!
Why? Because Sunday is Funday. This is the day when you don’t need to get up early, get ready and go to the office. Sunday is something that we all wait the whole week.
But did you ever given a thought that why Sunday is a holiday? Why your boss doesn’t give you any instruction on this day and let you rest the whole day? Well, there is a history behind it. So let’s pry into the story why Sunday is a holiday?
Albeit in India the story of the holiday is something different. When Mughal emperor came to India to rule they declared Friday as a holiday as they used to go to the mosque and pray. When Britishers came to India they made it Sunday according to their religion Christianity. Yet the laborers of India had to fight for 8 years to get a week off from work. Want to know more intresting facts? then continue reading below.
Britishers are the first who started Sunday from 1843 as a holiday in India because In Christianity, God creat this world in 6 days,and sunday he took rest. Christian Prays in Church every Sunday. So,for Pray in Church Sunday is holiday in Christianity.
In Mughal periods Friday was the holiday in India from 1530 to 1707.
Because Muslims were doing Namaaz in Mosque.
by the way-SUNDAY HAS NEVER BEEN DECLARED AS A HOLIDAY in INDIA according to Indian Government!
Raman Sharma a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Jammu, sought information under RTI from the Prime Minister’s Office asking “Is there any official order/notification issued by any ministry/department of the government declaring Sunday as holiday?”
The department of Personnel and Training, Government of India in its reply dated 18th July, 2012 signed by B Bandopadhyay, under secretary stated, “As per records available in JCA section of Department of Personnel & Training, there is no information regarding declaration of Sunday as holiday.”
However the reply gave reference of order no. 13/4/85-JCA dated 21st May, 1985 of Department of Personnel and Training which says that in order to improve the efficiency, “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.”
Even this order does not officially declare Sunday as holiday.
Sunday officially became an ‘off day’ in the 1840s and that too after a decade-long deliberation by the British government. This interesting incident from the city’s past was revealed by historian Jim Massellos while delivering the Heras Memorial Lecture at St Xavier’s College last week.
Dwelling on modernity and the city, Massellos pointed out that there was general discussion on making Sunday a day of rest in Mumbai as was the case in Britain.
However, there was division in the British India administration on the way to go about it. One group wanted to declare Sunday a holiday as it was based on the Christian tradition while there were others who also talked of the need to take into consideration the multi-religious nature of the Bombay region.
Some government officials were concerned about the impact of the one day of rest on the wages of daily labourers; they would stand to lose four days’ salary every month. It was later agreed that labourers would get half a day’s pay for all!