Wow, I didn't know that. How are they forced? Are they fined, for example, if they don't go?
not at a gun point of course. I guess forced is wrong word. Organisations and companies must guarantee attendance by their employees. As for people they might get a day off or small bonus or nothing. My friend didn't go, she lied that she had already bought tickets for a vacation. Her colleagues were afraid not to follow the order of their boss, so they are marching today.
^ Ah, I see. It sounds more a political holiday than one in a pagan tradition. Well, good on your friend for not going. I guess she would risk getting sacked if she outright refused to go on principle.