Why China offices need to take a Christmas holiday
Your correspondent Karen Ng (“Why Chinese officials should not ban Santa or Christmas”, January 3) should be aware that national holidays in mainland China do not include Christmas, but workers at many foreign companies there enjoy this holiday as a house rule. That is because most expatriates tend to go back to their home countries for the festive season, and also because this year-end festive holiday is important for all hardworking people who deserve a break to slow down, recover and refresh themselves, before embarking on a new year filled with challenges.
The issue of multiculturalism is all too important these days, and it also adds many business opportunities through the exchanging of gifts, tourism, travel, festive meals and fine dining. Especially in these times of a US-China trade war, slowing economic growth and dire warnings of recession, a festive celebration amid all the misery is sure to have people, especially struggling retailers, smiling again.
Within weeks, it will be time for the Lunar New Year, and retailers should be once again raising their hands in thanksgiving, as this great cultural event spurs their rosiest revenues of the year.
Edmond Pang, Fanling
Grateful for churches allowed to operate in China
I am writing to thank China for the Christian or Catholic churches that are allowed to operate and worship on the mainland. I understand the recent actions of the Chinese government as being driven by wanting to maintain order in such a vast country.
Barbara Zinsmeyer, California