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'End of the world' holiday 2012

CPC Encyclopedia

An "end of the world" holiday is a special holiday set by an Internet company based in Chengdu, Southwest China. The company said employees will get two days off, Dec 20 and 21, because some people believe that Dec 21 will be the end of the world. The unusual holiday went viral on the Internet.

   Contents

1. Brief introduction

2. Full text of the notice

3. Other versions

4. References

Brief introduction

The company's CEO, net name Darryn, posted a note about the holiday on his micro blog on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012.

The company said employees will have two days off, Dec 20 and 21.

Some people believe that Dec 21 will be the last day of the known world, according to the Mayan calendar, the company said.

"It's better for my employees to spend more time with their parents and partners on the last day of the world," Darryn wrote on his post.

The posting soon became an Internet hit. Some welcomed the move and praised the boss as humane, while others said it was just an act of trying to grab attention.

The company's CEO is Mr Deng in real life. He is 23 years old and has just graduated from Sichuan University.

Deng said he did not expect his post to draw such hot discussions on the Web. "I was intending to share with friends via the micro blog, just like sharing about meals."

'End of the world' holiday 2012

The notice of the Chengdu company in Chinese.

"I don't believe that will be the last day of our world. I put quotation marks on ‘end of the world’ in the post."

"The reason for the decision is that most people can't focus on their work during those two days. Therefore it's better to use it as an excuse to have a holiday and let colleagues be in the company of parents and family and cherish the so-called end of the world."

Full text of the notice

Dear colleagues,

Due to the special meaning of Dec 21, 2012, the company made the following decision after deliberation:

We arranged a holiday for the “end of the world” in 2012. The holiday will last for two days, Dec 20-21 (Thursday-Friday).

During the holiday, all of you should:

1. get prepared for fire or theft incidents.

2. have your cell phones powered off so that no one can bother you.

3. be with your loved ones during the "last moments" to make up for time that you have spent at work.

Finally, we wish you all a meaningful last day.

Other versions

The move was quickly copied.

Mr Huang in Xiamen also posted a notice for a holiday via micro blog. Huang said he is the general manager of a company in Xiamen that will give employees three days off, Dec 19-21, 2012.

A trade company in Qingdao will have a one-day holiday on Dec 21, and each employee will get 2,000 yuan as an "end of the world" bonus.

References

1. (English) IT firm sets 'end-of-the-world' holiday, China Daily Website, published on Dec 6, 2012.

2. (Chinese) "End of the world" holiday, baike.Baidu.com.