Holidays have great social and religious importance. Their greatest value lies in providing rest, relief and relaxation to the people. Rest is as important for man as work. It is a demand of nature.
If we yoke bullocks to the cart and do not rest them for several days, they shall collapse and die. Again if we keep a machine running continuously without stopping, it will get heated burst, and spread destruction. Food, exercise, and rest are essential for all living beings. That is why the Great Creator (God) has appointed night as period of rest and relaxation.
Holidays bring break in the routine life. They remove the monotony of life and bring the desired change. Change is a fundamental law of life. The change is always welcome and for the good. Both the body and the mind require rest and change or variety.
The mind gets rest only through change and variety. Holidays are a part and compulsory in service. Sundays or Fridays are observed as holidays all over the world. The Muslims attend Friday congregations. The various festivals among the Hindus, Christians and Muslims are observed as general holidays for the peoples. Religious holidays help the people in going through the rites prescribed for the followers. People also exchange greetings and gifts according to their traditions.
Holidays are equally imported for the students. There is a big list of holidays for school, college and university students. Summer vacations are longest holidays. No doubt they are meant for rest after the busy sessions and the examinations. They are a great boon for students. Those who are weak, can improve by work during the vacations and overcome their weakness.
In Pakistan students generally waste or kill their time during summer holidays. After some rest, they can devote their time in social services, teaching the adults and the villagers. In western countries, students make the best use vacations. They go out on tvurs, hiking and excursions. Some work on farms and go on study tours. Travelling offers good first hand education. They can take special courses and training during long holidays. Teachers and students can arrange for study tours and gain practical experience.
In some parts of India they have special societies of students. They undertake social services programs along with their teachers. They also organize community services and use the time in productive ways. Our students not only kill time but they also forget what they have learned. Most of the time is spent in sleeping and playing.
There are two ways of using holidays – useful and wasteful, good and bad. They are to be spent in studies, cultivating hobbies, travelling and social services along with rest. Real rest comes only after death.