Please consider the following question prompt:
Many people think that public celebrations (like national holidays, festivals, etc.) are a waste of money and that the government should spend these funds in a better way. Do you agree or disagree?
Is this question asking about the costs of running ceremonies (for exampling new year fireworks) or ask about the fact that people do not work on holidays and yet get paid?
update: Personally I think the former case should be the case. As the national holidays is mentioned as an example of public celebrations. However I read a sample answer here: http://ieltsielts.com/band-9-writing-under-an-x-ray/ that follows the later case. :|
here is my response:
In many countries governments organise a number of public celebrations each year. Running these kinds of festivals generally need huge financial cost. Some people believe that this money could be spent in better ways. While these ceremonies result in some benefits for communities, in my opinion their costs are not in proportion with their benefits and there are many other better ways that we could use their associated budgets.
Firstly, the number of people who can take part in a public celebration are very limited when compared with the population of the whole country or even the cities where the programs take place while the budget of public festivals are provided by resources which belongs to all people in the city or country. It's unfair to allot these resources to a small group of people. For instance last year, in a festival in Sydney more than one million dollar was spent in the a program whose audience were less than 900 people. Clearly, this cost was imposed to whole country but only a small number of people benefit from it.
Secondly, public celebrations have some serious negative side effects that destroy their intended goals. As an example, there is a ceremony on the national day of China and thousand of people gather in a street to watch a parade of acrobats. Every year a number of people lose their lives because of stampede of the population. Additionally, this festival cause horrible traffic jams on the streets that are close to the venue. These sort of side effects are not negligible and cause the ceremonies fireback; instead of happyness thery create trouble for people.
In conclusion, while public celebrations can amuse a group of people, considering their costs and their side effects, in my opinion, governments need to revise the way they spent these funds and use them in more judicious ways, such as improving the quality of roads or health cares.