Now there are certain things which are required to be understood in this reference. If a citizen has some work on Sunday he can not get it done as all the offices and market is closed. So are people doing everything required on Sundays, online? It also appears that the local transport and other transport facilities are also closed on Sundays so if one has to go out he has to leave on saturday itself. Does not it look like inconvenient?
What about essential services like electricity and water? Who is monitoring that on Sunday. What about their factories? Are people not working there on Sundays?
Suppose you go to the fun place say beach or a picnic spot. So if the market is closed where you will have a cup of tea?
Closing everything on Sunday does not seem to be rational but yes if king has ordered it let it be like that.
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If there is a continuous chemical plant for 24 hours a day, how they can stop working on Sunday. Is it that there are no industries in that country which will be working 24X7. That means the country is a very backward country.
There is no logic in following and ordering such rules.
In our country, the weekly offs will vary based on the requirement. In Hyderabad, Balanagar. the industries will give off on Monday and they will be working on Sunday. Continuous plants will give scattered offs.
People can fall ill, so doctors are out of this list and same is applicable for policemen for obvious reasons. There are many other emergency services that are already mentioned by the members in their responses, but one thing I would like to know. What about Television and Radios? Are there no options available for entertainment also on Sundays? I am really surprised!
"Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"
No life without Sun
And the country has few military personnel who are actually bodyguards of the royalty. So the military exercises won't be much of a necessity since king himself doesnt come out.
But despite the supposed desertness of the Sundays in Tonga, people do go out to attend Sunday mass and return by noon. This is an entertainment.
The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.
If there is a fire in a building, the fire extinguisher will not come on the plea that it was Sunday. It looks ridiculous.
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But in a country like ours, most of the part time jobs, free-lance sector and the unorganised labour sector cannot dream of such a rule because, the simple rule is if you work you get paid and hence gunning the family and life.
By the way, these islands have some of the wonderful stamps in the world.
Also when that's illegal then why they left the police and doctors. They should also not be allowed. I think it's not good for the growth of the nation. It affects the economy of the country because when people have an off they go to the market and other places and spend money and by restricting it the king has stopped the flow of money.
In India, as there is no such rule and employees are voluntarily allowed to work on over time. Though here in Delhi most of the shops and market are closed on Monday, not on Sundays as most of the people have an off so they can do shopping on Sundays.
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With this modification the system of working on all seven days can be made illegal. Insisting that workless day must be Sunday will not be workable.
In fact, I have a feeling that the last day of the week must have been made a holiday. A week actually starts as Sunday, Monday, ... The last day is Saturday. After working for six days the seventh day is made a resting day.
Personally I favour 24x7x365 days work and productivity with he workers given sufficient time(days) to rest and recuperate. This is what is being practised in round the clock work in our country and many countries.
The Tonga system can work in small nations with small number and homogeneous geography and populations.