Contemporary Sunday

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/31/2019 11:20:16 AM IST

 There has been some confusion in Dimapur over the issue of Sunday closure on account of two contradictory directives-one for opening shops after 12 noon and the other for total closure. The reason for opening shops after 12 noon was mainly to address the demands of people and especially concerns of those businesses dealing with perishable items, groceries, confectionaries, medicine, hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies. It is not the first time that the issue on closure of all markets and shops on Sunday has come up in Dimapur as there had been previous such orders issued by authorities with regard to relaxation. There are broadly two view points on the opposite spectrum-one that favors Sunday closed and the other that finds logic in partial closure on Sunday. There are those who support ban on Sunday shopping and those who want partial ban but exempt shops such as bakeries and restaurants to remain open on Sundays. The views of the Sunday closure group is rooted in total rest on Sunday- no work or no business as usual. Sunday shopping refers to the ability of retailers to operate stores on Sundays, in countries where Christian tradition typically requires a "day of rest". Rules governing shopping hours, such as Sunday shopping, vary around the world but it is observed as a day of closure in some European nations. Even otherwise, it is logical that establishments ought to close at least once a week and so Sunday is the best option for a break since it is a day of rest as per the biblical tenet. The day is also a universal holiday for all offices and institutions. Every establishment except hospitals, newspaper offices or police stations normally remain closed on Sunday. Others who disagree feel that that Sunday shopping should not result in total closure but partially relaxation since some people find it convenient to shop on Sunday as the holiday provides much needed time for outing and shopping. To put is bluntly, perhaps when it comes to eating, no religion can stop hunger. The issue of whether to impose closure or partial closure may continue but this has not stopped hundreds of shoppers from Dimapur travelling to Khatkhati market on Sunday. To beat the ban, many can be seen going to railway stations or nearby Khatkhati to eat. These days owing to various necessities or schedules, even Christians cannot avoid traveling on Sunday. Those arriving Dimapur enroute other places would be inconvenienced if all eating places were closed. It must be accepted, that observance can never be total as there is bound to be some unavoidable exceptions but these exceptions cannot become the rule either. On the other hand, Christians cannot accept only a portion of the Bible that is convenient and reject those that are inconvenient. Unfortunately, when Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes merely part of a 'weekend,' it can so happen that people would stay locked within a horizon so limited that they can no longer see 'the heavens’. Even if they live in a secular world, Christians cannot ignore their responsibility in obeying the commandments of their faith and not only on Sunday. On the other hand of adherents voluntarily choose to obey the Biblical commandments, they will be showing through examples and Sunday shopping would cease to be an issue.

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