Is the Sunday Holiday linked only to Christians? No, the claims are misleading!

In 1890, the Bombay Mill Hands Association in India proclaimed Sundays as a holiday for all laborers, in response to the advocacy of social reformer Narayan Meghaji Lokhande.

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Sunday holidays linked to Christians, one district tried to change it: Modi

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Six days were designated for the big voting: April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, and May 25. The seventh round of elections in India is slated for June 1, 2024, and preparations are underway. At this point as part of their last round of campaigns, the two major parties are vigorously competing against one another.

In this instance, according to a Business Standard news article, Prime Minister Modi stated at a Jharkhand rally speech that “Sunday holidays linked to Christians, one district tried to change it.”

Additionally, PM Modi aired his entire speech live on his YouTube account. This viral segment may be heard at the 34:55 mark in the video that PM Modi’s official YouTube account released. Here he said, “In our country, there is a holiday on Sunday. When the British used to rule here, the Christian community used to celebrate the holiday (on Sunday), this tradition started from that time. Sunday is not associated with Hindus, it is associated with the Christian community. This has been going on for the last 200-300 years. Now, they have put a lock on the Sunday holiday in one district (Jharkhand) and said that the holiday will be on Friday. Now, there is a fight with Christians too. What is this?”

Come, let us verify the veracity of PM Modi’s assertions.

What’s the truth?

Using pertinent keyword searches such as “Sunday holiday for Christians” and “Sunday off is linked with Christians,” we began our investigation. This brought up a few textbook questions and answers.

According to the materials, in 1890, the Bombay Mill Hands Association in India proclaimed Sundays as a holiday for all laborers, in response to the advocacy of social reformer Narayan Meghaji Lokhande.

As per the studies, “The real reason behind it is that during British rules the British Government considered Sunday as a Holiday and used to go to church and do their personal work but they did not allow Indian workers who work for all 7 days.”

Following seven years of effort led by Narayan Meghaji Lokhande, the British government finally declared Sunday an official day of rest and on June 10, 1890, Sunday was officially recognized as a holiday in India.

Following the lead, we conducted additional research and discovered an article by Amar Ujala.com. According to the report, after 10,000 workers demonstrated at Bombay’s Race Course Ground and announced a strike, the Mill Owners Association finally capitulated and declared Sunday a holiday for the workforce in 1890.

The same is also found published on a journal titled “Narayan Meghaji Lokhande: The Father of Trade Union Movement in India” published by Nalini Pandit.

Moreover, the textbook added some additional informationAccording to the Hindu Calendar, the week starts on Sunday.” It is the day of the ‘Surya Devta,’ when all the other gods and goddesses are worshipped along with Surya, according to Hindu tradition.

It is thought that doing this brings prosperity and peace into one’s life. To ensure that the worshippers have no difficulties carrying out their ritual, Sunday has been designated as a holiday.

Similar details regarding the Sunday holiday can also be found on the N.M. Lokhande Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies’ official website.

All this information confirms that the Sunday holiday was the continuous effort of Narayan Meghaji Lokhande’s protest against the British government in 1890.

Conclusion:

Therefore, we find that PM Modi made a false remark regarding Sunday holidays being associated solely with Christians.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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