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. Examples of types of holidays include:
- Official or unofficial observances of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities
- A general leave of absence or vacation from a regular occupation for rest or recreation
People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations. Vacation or holidays are often used spent with friends or family.
A person may take a longer break from work, such as a sabbatical, gap year, or career break.
HolidayThe word "holiday" comes from the Old English word hāligdæg. The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special
As a tripVacation, in English-speaking
Canadians often use vacation and holiday interchangeably referring to a trip away from home or time off work. In Australia, the term can refer to a vacation or a public holiday.
As an observanceIn most of the
Schools, business, and workplaces often close for holidays.