Holidays and Federal Holidays

When did you last celebrate a holiday? Did it have a religious or cultural significance? Or, did you just celebrate a birthday? Whatever the reason, holidays are great times to celebrate and remember the past. In this article, we’ll explore the historical and secular significance of each holiday, and discuss federal holidays and their dates. Also, we’ll look at which federal holidays we celebrate each year. And of course, we’ll discuss the important things about each holiday.

Historical significance

While some holidays are celebrated with great gusto and joy, others are largely under-appreciated, and the significance of some may be lost or changed over the course of a century. Often, however, the historical significance of holidays can change as the values of a country shift. The Civil War, for example, produced a new holiday: Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day. This holiday was first celebrated by newly freed Black people in Charleston, S.C., although several other towns also claim to be the origins of this tradition. However, Decoration Day quickly transformed into a national reconciliation holiday, honoring the heroism and nobility of White men who fought for slavery and ignoring the post-war failure to secure the rights of Black people.

Secular significance

Some holidays have religious, as well as secular, meanings. For example, the arrival of Christianity in the world is marked with a public holiday in Tripura. Guam’s patron saint is Santa Marian Kamalen. On December 12, 1995, Turkmenistan was recognized as neutral by the United Nations General Assembly. In 1974, Malta became a republic and opted out of the Commonwealth. However, the nation continues to celebrate holidays, such as Christmas.

Connotations of holidays

“Holiday” is a word that has a number of connotations, depending on the context. It may refer to a weekend, a national or religious holiday, or a non-working day. A holiday can be either unofficial or officially designated. In this article, we will focus on the first connotation. Holidays are also known as “holidays” in Australia. In Britain, banks are closed on Bank Holidays, which were once intended to close most businesses for the day.

Dates of federal holidays

As of 2021, the United States will celebrate eleven national holidays, with most occurring each year. These holidays are officially recognized by the federal government, but individual states and private companies are free to choose their own holiday dates. For example, New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1, while President’s Day is celebrated on December 25. The dates of these ten federal holidays are shown below. The next ten years will see additional holidays being observed throughout the country, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving.


Observances of holidays and special days are common in many cultures. These special occasions are not necessarily tied to a particular calendar date, however. The Islamic calendar, for example, uses a lunar calendar. Therefore, Muslims may observe ‘Id al-Adha or ‘Eid al-Fitr’ in any season. While many holidays are tied to a specific calendar date, these special events may occur on different dates from year to year, geographically, or within a single religion.