What Is a Holiday?

Holidays

What’s the difference between a holiday and a vacation? While the word holiday originated from the Old English word haligdaeg, which means special religious day, its modern use has broadened geographically. Today, the word holiday refers to any special day or period of celebration. In countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, it is usually used instead of vacation. Many sovereign nations observe national holidays based on historical events.

Observances

Observances of holidays vary across cultures. Some are celebrated as national holidays, such as Thanksgiving. Others are religious holidays that honor a particular theme. For example, Earth Day celebrates the importance of protecting our planet. In the United States, May is designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla, which happened during the Franco-Mexican War. Memorial Day honors the men and women who served in the U.S. military. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the U.S.

Pay

Pay for holidays is given to employees for hours worked during the month. It is paid at the same rate as on other days and is in addition to any overtime or premium pay. Employees are paid holiday pay for the first eight hours they work and for hours that would total forty hours during the week. In addition, employees are compensated for additional hours they worked, such as when they work more than forty hours on holiday. Pay for holidays is also available for employees on compressed work schedules.

Time off

During the holiday season, you’ll often find your employees making requests for time off. Travel restrictions have finally been lifted and people are looking forward to spending time with their families. But if you want your employees to take advantage of the time off and stay productive, you need to follow some simple rules. Be sure to make the holiday list inclusive and compliance-compliant and include the maximum number of vacation days. Also, make sure to define the consequences for employees not using their vacation days. For example, if the holiday falls on a Sunday, you must ensure that your employees have the time to go home.

Inauguration Day

There are many ways to spend Inauguration Day on a holiday. Many federal employees work on this day, which is a federal holiday, unless they are scheduled to be at their official duty station elsewhere. If you are not at your official duty station in the DC metro area, you may still be able to enjoy the festivities on television. The OPM sends out a memo before every inauguration, explaining your options for Inauguration Day.

Government-designated holidays

While most countries have designated national days, others don’t. The United Kingdom, for example, does not recognize a national day. The United States, on the other hand, has several national holidays. Each day of the year marks a significant event in a country’s history. A few countries do have national days, however, such as the USA, Hungary, and the Netherlands. These countries are often called “holidays” by their citizens.