Sunday, January 20, 2008

Waste of a holiday

Martin Luther King Jr Day is such a waste. Not, mind you, that I don't support commemorating the life of King. In that sense it's as worthy a holiday as we have, well more so than say, Presidents' Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, etc.

No no, it's just that we don't need a holiday in January, we just had a bunch. What would be good is a holiday in March or April. Problem is, all of the commemorable events in King's life cluster near other holidays. The "I have a Dream Speech" was right near Labor Day. On the other hand, the "Bloody Sunday" of the march on Selma was March 25, and he was assasinated on April 4 (like Lincoln, who got nailed April 14).

So we will just have to live with not working this Monday.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Though not fashionable or politically correct in the institutitons of higher learning a fair number of Americans still cling to the quaint habit of celebrating Easter, honoring another individual who has had a lasting impact upon the lives of many Americans.

ChewYourGrouse said...

It is great for religions to celebrate holidays, and fine for people to observe them. There are no Easter-related Federal holidays, nor should there be. For some reason the New York Stock Exchange schedule (which drives many calendars here) gives up Good Friday. I think it would be easier to celebrate King when people feel more celebratory.