Holidays and Observances


The term holiday originates from the Old English word haligdaeg, which originally referred to special religious days. In modern usage, it can refer to any dedicated day or period of celebration. In countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, the word holiday is often used in place of vacation. In some countries, such as the United States, sovereign nations recognize specific days or weeks as holidays based on historical events. However, there are many differences between holiday and vacation.

Federal holidays are non-religious

All federal holidays, except Christmas Day, are non-religious. However, a few exceptions have been made to these rules. Lincoln’s Birthday is one such holiday. In some states, it is a legal holiday and is celebrated on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809. Other notable holidays in February include National Baked Alaska Day, National Serpent Day, and Texas Day.

Easter Monday and Good Friday are not federal holidays, but many businesses will recognize the day as a day off. In addition, in 2021, Christmas Eve will fall on a Saturday instead of Sunday, because the holiday falls on a Friday. On Sundays, businesses are closed. The New York Stock Exchange is closed on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, but SIPOA and other banks are open as usual. There are no religious federal holidays in South Carolina, though Easter Sunday is still a state holiday.

They are celebrated by the U.S. government

There are a number of holidays and observances that are observed throughout the United States. Federal holidays are designated by Congress, and are based on similar laws enacted in other states. While most businesses and government offices close for these days, some may observe them without a special reason. In some cases, private businesses may close on these days, depending on their own policy. However, federal holidays are not the same as state and local holidays.

The United States celebrates these holidays on various dates. While some are observed on the same day as state holidays, others are more widely recognized, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. The following list lists the U.S. government-recognized holidays:

They are celebrated by various religious groups

Different religious groups celebrate holidays differently. Jewish Holidays are celebrated in different ways. In the Jewish tradition, the holiday begins with a ritual feast called seder, during which the participants drink wine while retelling the story of the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt. Jewish Holidays also include the Festival of Lights and the Persian New Year. Hindu Holidays are also celebrated. In India, the festival of Purim is celebrated. In the Caribbean, it is known as Phagwah. Both celebrations are centered on new beginnings and the renewal of social bonds.

Some Christian and Jewish holidays are important to their communities, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. During this time, people in the African diaspora celebrate their culture by celebrating their culture, community, and values. The shortest day of the year is celebrated as Yule, the “return of the Sun God.” During the Christmas season, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and the life of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Traditionally, these celebrations include worship, candle lighting, and manger scenes.

They impact business demand

While many companies pay attention to public holidays in the United States, there are thousands of public holidays in the world. These events impact business demand more dramatically than most companies realize. In fact, holiday seasons often lead to “perfect storms” of demand. Holidays are events that happen at the same time and can drive significant spikes in demand. Using PredictHQ, businesses can better predict peak demand and adjust their staffing, inventory, and pricing strategies to maximize sales during these special days.

While most businesses are closed over the holidays, some are open during the period. International schools, for example, are usually closed for about two weeks. The impact on business is most obvious around Christmas and Idul Fitri, when many people take time off to celebrate the holidays. Many directors and employees will be away during this time, causing efficiency in offices to drop significantly. In the case of property managers, holidays will be a major factor in determining the demand for their services.