Holiday - Wikipedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation
Jump to search
This article is about days of observance. For a leave of absence or a trip, see Vacation. For leave from employment, see Annual leave. For other uses, see Holiday (disambiguation) and Observance (disambiguation).
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)
This article possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. (December 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (December 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (December 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
(Learn how and when to remove this template message) Victory Day in Donetsk in 2013.
A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work including school, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, the type of job being held or personal choices.
The concept of holidays often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.
In many societies there are important distinctions between holidays designated by governments and holidays designated by religious institutions. For example, in many predominantly Christian nations, government-designed holidays may center on Christian holidays, though non-Christians may instead observe religious holidays associated with their faith. In some cases, a holiday may only be nominally observed. For example, many Jews in the Americas and Europe treat the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Hanukkah as a "working holiday", changing very little of their daily routines for this day.
The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. In the United States the word is used exclusively to refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves, whereas in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations, the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed, and is used as a synonym to the US preferred vacation. This time is usually set aside for rest, travel or the participation in recreational activities, with entire industries targeted to coincide or enhance these experiences. The days of leave may not coincide with any specific customs or laws. Employers and educational institutes may designate ‘holidays’ themselves which may or may not overlap nationally or culturally relevant dates, which again comes under this connotation, but it is the first implication detailed that this article is concerned with.
2 Types of holiday (observance)
2.1 Northern Hemisphere winter holidays
2.2 National holidays
2.3 Other secular holidays
2.4 Unofficial holidays
2.5 Religious holidays
3 See also
5 External links
The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig "holy" + dæg "day"). The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school.
Types of holiday (observance)
Further information: Lists of holidays
Northern Hemisphere winter holidays
Main article: Christmas and holiday season
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere features many holidays that involve festivals and feasts. The Christmas and holiday season surrounds the Christmas and other holidays, and is celebrated by many religions and cultures. Usually, this period begins near the start of November and ends with New Year's Day. Holiday season in the US, to the period that begins with Thanksgiving and ends with New Year's Eve. Some Christian countries consider the end of the festive season to be after the feast of Epiphany.
See also: National Day
Sovereign nations and territories observe holidays based on events of significance to their history. For example, Americans celebrate Independence Day, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Other secular holidays
See also: Category:Secular holidays.
Other secular (non-religious) holidays are observed nationally, internationally (often in conjunction with organizations such as the United Nations), and across multi-country regions. The United Nations Calendar of Observances dedicates decades to a specific topic, but also a complete year, month, week and days. Holidays dedicated to an observance such as the commemoration of the ending of World War II, or the Shoah, can also be part of the reparation obligation as per UN OHCHR Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.
Another example of a major secular holiday is the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated across Asia. Many other days are marked to celebrate events or people, but are not strictly holidays as time off work is rarely given; examples include Arbor Day (originally U.S.), Labor Day (celebrated sometimes under different names and on different days in different countries), and Earth Day (22 April).
See also: List of minor secular observances
These are holidays that are not traditionally marked on calendars. These holidays are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some promote a cause, others recognize historical events not officially recognized, and others are "funny" holidays celebrated with humorous intent. For example, Monkey Day is celebrated on December 14, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is observed on September 19, and Blasphemy Day is held on September 30. Other examples are April Fool's Day on April 1 and Liberation Day (Expatriates) on May 31. Various community organizers and marketers promote odd social media holidays.
Many holidays are linked to faiths and religions (see etymology above). Christian holidays are defined as part of the liturgical year, the chief ones being Easter and Christmas. The Orthodox Christian and Western-Roman Catholic patronal feast day or "name day" are celebrated in each place's patron saint's day, according to the Calendar of saints. Jehovah's Witnesses annually commemorate "The Memorial of Jesus Christ's Death", but do not celebrate other holidays with any religious significance such as Easter, Christmas or New Year's. This holds especially true for those holidays that have combined and absorbed rituals, overtones or practices from non-Christian beliefs into the celebration, as well as those holidays that distract from or replace the worship of Jehovah. In Islam, the largest holidays are Eid ul-Fitr (immediately after Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (at the end of the Hajj). Ahmadi Muslims additionally celebrate Promised Messiah Day, Promised Reformer Day, and Khilafat Day, but contrary to popular belief, neither are regarded as holidays. 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 11 annual holidays on dates determined using 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).
See Category:Religious holidays for complete listings of holidays associated with particular religions.
Christmas and holiday season
Holiday heart syndrome
List of holidays by countryCommemoration (Anglicanism)Commemorations and tributesReferences
^ "holiday - Origin and meaning of holiday by Online Etymology Dictionary". etymonline.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
^ "International Days". United Nations. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
^ "Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law". December 16, 2005. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
^ Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Reasoning from the Scriptures. Watchtower, 1985, pp. 176–182
Holidays at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
Lallanilla, Marc (November 24, 2004). "Holiday Stress Brings Anxiety and Abuse". ABC News. vteFolklore genres, types, and subtypesNarrative
Personal narrativeVerbal art
Rhyme (Nursery rhyme)
RecipeReligion and folk belief
Old wives' tale
Ritual (Legend tripping)Folk music
Aarne–Thompson classification systems
Bed and breakfast
Conference and resort hotels
Hospitality management studies
Visitor centerIndustry organizations, rankings and events
American Bus Association
American Hotel and Lodging Association
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
BEST Education Network
Caribbean Tourism Organization
Destination marketing organization
European Travel Commission
Historical archive on tourism
South-East Asian Tourism Organisation
Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report
World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers
World Tourism Day
World Tourism Organization
World Tourism rankings
World Travel and Tourism Council
World Travel MonitorLists
Convention and exhibition centers
Largest hotels in the world
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists
World Heritage Sites by country
Find out more on Wikipedia'sSister projectsMediafrom CommonsDefinitionsfrom WiktionaryTextbooksfrom WikibooksQuotationsfrom Wikiquote
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Holiday&oldid=855269433"
Categories: HolidaysHidden categories: Articles that may contain original research from December 2013All articles that may contain original researchArticles needing additional references from December 2013All articles needing additional referencesArticles lacking in-text citations from December 2013All articles lacking in-text citationsArticles with multiple maintenance issuesArticles with Curlie links
Not logged inTalkContributionsCreate accountLog in
Main pageContentsFeatured contentCurrent eventsRandom articleDonate to WikipediaWikipedia store
HelpAbout WikipediaCommunity portalRecent changesContact page
What links hereRelated changesUpload fileSpecial pagesPermanent linkPage informationWikidata itemCite this page
Create a bookDownload as PDFPrintable version
In other projects
AlemannischالعربيةܐܪܡܝܐArmãneashtiAsturianuAzərbaycancaБашҡортсаБеларускаяБеларуская (тарашкевіца)БългарскиBosanskiCatalàЧӑвашлаČeštinaChiShonaDanskDeutschEestiΕλληνικάEspañolEsperantoفارسیFøroysktFrançaisFryskGaeilgeGaelgGalego한국어हिन्दीHrvatskiBahasa IndonesiaÍslenskaItalianoעבריתಕನ್ನಡКъарачай-малкъарქართულიҚазақшаKiswahiliКыргызчаКырык марыLatviešuLietuviųLingálaMagyarМакедонскиമലയാളംBahasa MelayuNederlands日本語NorskNorsk nynorskОлык марийOʻzbekcha/ўзбекчаPolskiPortuguêsQırımtatarcaRomânăРусскийScotsShqipSimple EnglishSlovenčinaSlovenščinaСрпски / srpskiSrpskohrvatski / српскохрватскиSuomiSvenskaTagalogதமிழ்Татарча/tatarçaతెలుగుТоҷикӣತುಳುTürkçeУкраїнськаTiếng ViệtVolapükייִדיש粵語Žemaitėška中文 Edit links
This page was last edited on 17 August 2018, at 03:01 (UTC).
Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License;
For more information about Holiday check the Wikipedia article here
ZME Science posts about Holiday