festive day set aside by custom or by law
(Redirected from Public holiday)

A holiday is a regularly reoccurring festive day. Usually, but not always, the festive day is observed every year. The word "holiday" is derived from the words "holy" and "day." In British English, the word "holiday" is used to refer to a Vacation as well as a public holiday.[1]

Long holidays with no workEdit

Other holidays like America's Independence Day and Veterans' Day can come on a weekday or weekend. If the holiday is on a weekend, it is moved to Friday or Monday to create a "3-day weekend." Calendars sometimes mark these holidays twice. For example, in 2006, Veterans' Day in America was on Saturday, November 11. "Veteran's Day (observed)" was also on the calendar; it was Friday, November 10.

Holidays in western countries during winterEdit


  • Merry Christmas (also called Feliz Navidad (Spanish) and Joyeux Noel (French))
  • Merry Yuletide
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • Happy Kwanzaa
  • Happy New Year
  • Joyous Yule
  • Happy Solstice
  • Season's Greetings
  • Happy Holiday(s)

Holidays celebrated around the worldEdit

Holidays celebrated in various countriesEdit

United StatesEdit

Religious holidaysEdit

Buddhist holidaysEdit

Celtic and Norse holidaysEdit

In the order of the Wheel of the Year:

Hindu holidaysEdit

Christian holidaysEdit

Catholics also celebrate saint's days.

Islamic holidaysEdit

Bahá'í holidaysEdit

  • Naw Ruz (Bahá'í New Year)
  • 1st Day of Ridván
  • 9th Day of Ridvan
  • 12th Day of Ridvan
  • Declaration of the Báb
  • Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
  • Martyrdom of the Báb
  • Birth of the Israel
  • Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Jewish holidaysEdit

  Media related to Jewish holidays at Wikimedia Commons