Perhaps the concept of the holiday is as old as the creation of man itself. Holidays have always charmed and fascinated people of all the countries and all the cultures of the world. Their greatest value lies in providing rest, relief and relaxation to the masses. Sundays or Fridays are generally observed as holidays all over the world.
“Rest is the sweet sauce of labour.” Putarch
Holidays were originally holy days devoted to worship and other religious considerations. But with the passage of time, holidays become the days of rest and recreation. The Bible and the Quran tell us that God created this world in 6 days and took rest on the 7th day. Since God created man in his image, the man also thought it worthwhile to earmark one day of the week as a day for rest.
“Days of respite are golden days.” Butler
One day weekend or two days weekend in a week are the inventions of modern man. But after sowing and harvesting of crops, the farmers have been enjoying the festivity of leisure since times immemorial. Many dances and folk songs have evolved around such festivities.
When we talk about holidays, we usually refer to summer, autumn and winter vacation enjoyed by the students. Besides, we mention week-ends or spans of leave enjoyed by working people away from their, day-to-day work. There is always a big list of holidays for school, college and university students. They are a great boon for students. No doubt, they are meant for rest after the busy sessions and the examinations. But today, the target-oriented students work much harder during holidays in order to make up their deficiency. It is also a fact that the majority of the students waste their time on idle pursuits during long holidays.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell. Bernard Shaw
Holidays work as a wonderful tonic to fight mental and physical fatigue. Having torn away from the workplace, the mind finds rest in pleasant and congenial surroundings. Some people undertake tours of pleasure resorts on hills or beaches while others like to visit the places of historical importance. Still, others prefer to see their relatives or friends to renew the bonds of affection. Whatever be the way of spending time during holidays, if it is spent in open and healthy surroundings and in the company of friends and relatives, it surely breaks the monotony of daily routine and refreshes the mind.
If planned imaginatively, holidays can be a source of deep and enormous pleasure and excitement. Most of the city dwellers lead a mechanical life shuttling between a place of work or study and their homes. They have very few intimate friends or relations to mix with and decrease the stress and strain of daily work. For such people, holidays provide excellent opportunity to visit close friends and relatives. Picnics and excursion tours not only bring you relaxation but also strengthen the bonds of affection by engaging in collective activities.
“Leisure is a beautiful garment, but it will not do for constant wear.” (Proverb)
What is the Importance of Holidays in Human Life?
Man is not a machine. These holidays are a physical and psychological necessity. Our body does need leisure and our mind does want rest. It has become more important in recent times when life has virtually become a feverish activity to achieve wealth, name and fame. We get up early in the morning and keep working till late at night in order to get maximum money. So, holidays serve as an oasis in the scorching heat of urban life.
“Too much rest itself becomes a pain.” Homer
During holidays, you can change the routine of waking up and going to sleep. Summer noons can be spent to enjoy extra sleep. You can get up early, can go for a long walk by the river-side or near some park. You may like to spend part of your holidays in planned inactivity. You can spend your time on looking at flowers or birds. You may read the books of fiction for pure delight. It is said that joys make our lifelong and sorrows shorten it. As the holidays provide us with a lot of pleasure, peace and calm, they surely lengthen our life.
During holidays, we usually have a lot of time to reconsider our position in society. We can find out our errors and their solution in a more appreciable manner. We can also enjoy our hobbies during the holidays. We are in a position to spend long hours with our brush and paints to depict natural beauty. If somebody is interested in collecting coins or stamps, he will have enough time to do this sort of activity in a very relaxed manner.
“If all the year was playing holiday, to sports would be as tedious as to work.” Shakespeare
How Should We Use Holidays?
Some people use holidays in a way that combines pleasure with knowledge. Some young people of rich families are fond of going on the tour of Europe, for the rivers, hills, gardens, parks, beaches, and museums give delight to the sense. Long travels also arouse the intellectual curiosity of young people. Such long tours of foreign countries surely make them interested in studying the culture and manners of different nations.
In England and America, the education of young men used to be considered incomplete without a tour of the European continent. This tour would include visits to ancient monuments of Greece and Italy, art galleries of France, boating in Austria and long walks in the gardens of Holland.
“He that travels much knows much.” Thomas Fuller
So, there are many ways of using holidays. It depends on the taste of the person how he or she wants to spend his or her free time. People may confine themselves to fun and frolic. People may add to their knowledge or experience by undertaking educational trips. Someone may practice games and sports to improve his physical strength. In any case, holidays do offer much-needed respite from a dead routine. They refresh the mind and energies of the body of an individual so that he may take on his work more vigorously and enthusiastically. But an idle man has no claim to holidays and holidays can bring no big change in his life.
“With this advantage of work another is
associated, namely it makes holidays
much more delicious when they come.” Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness