A holiday is basically a day set apart by law or custom, where normal activities, particularly work or school including church, are either suspended or completely reduced. In general, holidays are meant to let people celebrate or commemorate an occasion or tradition of great social or cultural importance. They can also be called as birthdays of the nation, as they are celebrated with much more zeal and energy than any other days of the year. Holidays are celebrated with great fondness and enthusiasm all around the world, and the countries that observe major religions also celebrate them with fervor and enthusiasm.
There are many reasons for the observance of a holiday, and these vary according to the religion and culture of the country. The main reason behind a holiday is the revival of spirit and mind in the month leading to the end of the fasting period that usually precedes Christmas. The main religious holiday that falls in this time period is Christmas. Many people, particularly in the British English speaking parts of the globe, refer to this time period as Christmas, rather than celebrating their national Independence Day.
Some important religious holidays in the British English speaking parts of the globe are: Good Friday, Christmas, and the Ides of March. In addition to the above mentioned three, there are also some minor religious festivals that are observed around Britain and other parts of the world. They include such notable holy days as All Souls’ Day (sometimes called All Hallows Eve in America), Heart Children Day, Children’s Day, and several others. All Souls Day is especially often used as a holiday in Ireland. People visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to pay their respects to all souls who have passed away.
Many people also choose to use religious holidays in their personal lives, and not just as occasions for giving and receiving gifts. They do this to demonstrate respect for various important individuals. For example, during the month of January, many Christians celebrate Valentine’s Day with great vigor and enthusiasm. They do so because of their Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, and they want to show their love and affection for Him by providing cards and gifts on this special holiday. Many Christian schools also commemorate Valentine’s Day with dances and various social functions. Other holidays, including those of other religions, are similarly used as celebrations.
In some instances, it may be necessary for people to arrange special holidays just to get away from work and other routines. These can vary greatly depending on the nature of the job that an individual is holding. For example, a teacher may choose to schedule a holiday when all of his or her students are off for the weekend. An artist might choose to take a break from his work for a week to focus on art. A nurse may wish to spend time away from home for a week to recover from an illness. A factory manager may need to take a vacation to observe his employees during the height of Christmas and New Year’s.
As holidays go, English festivals have a long history. They began as traditions handed down through generations, but over time their religious meaning changed. They are still celebrated with great fervor around the world. These traditional English festivals include Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Bank Holidays, Good Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Hanukkah, and Halloween.