Holiday Essay

983 Words Feb 8th, 2011 4 Pages
A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted. It is generally an official (more common) or unofficial observance of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities.
Contents [hide]
1 Etymology
2 Regional meaning
2.1 Australia, Canada, UK
2.2 U.S.A.
3 Types of holiday (observance)
3.1 Religious holidays
3.2 Northern Hemisphere winter holidays
3.3 National holidays
3.4 Secular holidays
3.5 Unofficial holidays
4 Opposition
5 See also
6 Notes
7 References
8 External links
[edit]Etymology

The word holiday derived from the notion of "Holy Day", and gradually
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Schools and businesses often close for holidays.
[edit]Types of holiday (observance)

Main article: Lists of holidays
[edit]Religious holidays
See also Category: Religious holidays
Many holidays are linked to faiths and religions (see etymology above). Christian holidays are defined as part of the liturgical year. The Catholic patronal feast day or 'name day' are celebrated in each place's patron saint's day, according to the Calendar of saints. In Islam, the largest holidays are Eid ul-Fitr (immediately after Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (at the end of the Hajj). Hindus, Jains and Sikhs observe several holidays, one of the largest being Diwali (Festival of Light). Japanese holidays contain references to several different faiths and beliefs. Celtic, Norse, and Neopagan holidays follow the order of the Wheel of the Year. Some are closely linked to Swedish festivities. The Bahá'í Faith observes holidays as defined by the Bahá'í calendar. Jews have two holiday seasons: the Spring Feasts of Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Weeks, called Pentecost in Greek); and the Fall Feasts of Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Tabernacles), and Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly).
[edit]Northern Hemisphere winter holidays
Main article: Christmas and holiday season
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere features many holidays that involve festivals and feasts. The

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