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This is the list of holidays by country. Most holidays are mentioned although some are not public holidays.

Albania

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 5 - Labour Day
  • October 19 - Mother Teresa|Mother Teresa Day
  • November 28 - Independence Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany (Christian)|Epiphany - not a public holiday
  • January 26 - Australia Day
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday - variable dates
  • April 25 - ANZAC Day
  • Second Tuesday in May - Adelaide Cup Day (South Australia only)
  • Second Monday in June - Queen's Birthday (except Western Australia)
  • First Tuesday in November - Melbourne Cup Day (Victoria (Australia)|Victoria only, although observed by many businesses across the country)
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day- not a public holiday
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day (except South Australia)
  • December 26 - Proclamation Day (South Australia only)
  • Labour Day (localised holiday, on a different day in each region)
  • Show Day (localised holiday, on a different day in each region)

Austria

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 6th January - Epiphany (Christian)|Epiphany
  • Easter Monday
  • 1st May - Labour Day
  • Ascension Day
  • White Monday
  • Corpus Christi
  • 15th August - Assumption
  • 26th October - Austrian National Holiday
  • 1st November - All Saints' Day
  • 8th December - Im6th December - St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day

Azerbaijan

  • 1st and 2nd January - New Year's Day
  • 20th January - Black January|Day of the Martyrs (day of mourning)
  • 8th March - International Women's Day|Women's Day
  • 20th to 24th March - Norouz|Novruz Bayrami equinox|(in honor of vernal equinox)
  • 9th May - Victory Day (Eastern Europe)|Victory Day (in honor of victory during WWII over Germany)
  • 28th May - Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan|Republic Day (to honor the date when first in Asia parliament republic was established - Azerbaijan Democratic Republic)
  • 15th June - Day of National Salvation
  • 26th June - Azerbaijan Army and Navy Day
  • 31st December - World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day
  • Ramazan Bayrami (Islamic Holiday - Eid Al Fitr)
  • Gurban Bayrami (Islamic Holiday - Eid Al Adha)

Bangladesh

  • 21st February-International Mother Language Day
  • 26th March- Independence Day
  • 14th April- Bengli New Year's Day
  • 1st May- May day
  • 7th November- National Solidarity Day
  • 16th December- Victory Day

Belgium

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday - variable dates
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • Ascension - (variable date)
  • Pentecost - (variable date)
  • Pentecost Monday - (variable date)
  • July 11 - Flemish Community Holiday only held in Flanders
  • July 21 - National holiday
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • September 27 - French Community Holiday only held in Wallonia
  • November 1 - All Saints
  • November 2 - All Souls Day - not a public holiday
  • November 11 - Armistice Day
  • November 15 - Dynasty Day & German Community Holiday only held in German speaking areas
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Bhutan

  • (lunar) - Offerings Day
  • (lunar) - Losay (Lunar New Year)
  • May 2 - The Jigme Singye Wangchuck King's Birthday
  • (lunar) - Shabdrung Kuchoe (birthday of the Shabdrung)
  • (lunar) - Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Third King's Birthday
  • June 2 - Coronation Day
  • (lunar) - Buddha Parinirvana
  • (lunar) - Buddha's First Sermon
  • (lunar) - Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Third King's Death
  • (lunar) - Guru Rinpoche's Birthday
  • (lunar) - Blessed Rainy Day
  • (lunar) - Dashaim
  • (lunar) - Buddha Descension Day
  • December 17 - National Day
  • December 21 - Winter Solstice

Brazil

  • January 1 — New Year's Day
  • Variable dates — Carnival
  • Variable dates — Paix?o de Cristo
  • Variable dates — Easter
  • April 21 — Tiradentes
  • May 1 — Labour Day
  • Variable dates — Corpus Christi
  • September 7 — Independence Day
  • October 12 — Our Lady Aparecida (Patron saint of Brazil), also celebrated as Children's Day
  • November 2 — Finados
  • November 15 — Proclamation of the Republic
  • December 25 — Christmas Day


2010 variable holidays:
  • February 15-17 — Carnival
  • April 2 — Paix?o de Cristo
  • April 4 — Easter
  • June 3 — Corpus Christi
2009 variable holidays:
  • February 23-25 — Carnival
  • April 10 — Paix?o de Cristo
  • April 12 — Easter
  • June 11 — Corpus Christi
2008 variable holidays:
  • February 4-6 — Carnival
  • March 21 — Paix?o de Cristo
  • March 23 — Easter
  • May 22 — Corpus Christi
2007 variable holidays:
  • February 19-21 — Carnival
  • April 6 — Paix?o de Cristo
  • April 8 — Easter
  • June 7 — Corpus Christi
2006 variable holidays:
  • February 27-March 1 — Carnival
  • April 14 — Paix?o de Cristo
  • April 16 — Easter
  • June 15 — Corpus Christi
2005 variable holidays:
  • February 7-9 — Carnival
  • March 25 — Paix?o de Cristo
  • March 27 — Easter
  • May 26 — Corpus Christi

Bulgaria

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • March 3 - National Holiday
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • May 6 - Saint George|St. George's Day and Army Day
  • May 24 - Education and Culture Day and Day of the Slavic Heritage
  • September 6 - Day of the Union of Eastern Rumelia with the Bulgarian Principality in 1885
  • September 22 - Independence Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Second Day of Christmas
  • December 31 - New Year's Eve

Canada

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday - variable dates
  • First Monday on or before May 24 - Victoria Day
  • June 24 - St. John the Baptist Day - Quebec only
  • July 1 - Canada Day
  • First Monday in August - Civic Holiday - most provinces
  • First Monday in September - Labour Day
  • Second Monday in October - Thanksgiving Day
  • October 31 - Hallowe'en - traditional
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day

Chile

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • February 8 - Piscola Day
  • March/April - Good Friday
  • March/April - Easter
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • May 21 - Navy Day
  • June - Corpus Christi
  • June 27 (29) - Saint Peter and Paul of Tarsus|Saint Paul
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • September 18 - Independence Day
  • October 12 (10) - Columbus Day
  • November 1 - All Saints
  • December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

China

Traditional holidays:

  • Month 1 Day 1 - Chinese Lunar New Year
  • Month 1 Day 15 - Lantern Festival
  • April 4/April 5 - Qing Ming Jie
  • Month 5 Day 5 - Dragon Boat
  • Month 7 Day 7 - Qi Xi
  • Month 7 Day 15 - Ghost Festival
  • Month 8 Day 15 - Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Month 9 Day 9 - Double Ninth Festival

Holidays in the People's Republic of China:

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 2 - New Year's Day|New Year's Day Holiday
  • May 1-May 3 - Labour Day
  • July 1 - Communist Party of China|CPC Founding Day
  • August 1 - Army Day
  • October 1-October 3 - National Day

Holidays in Taiwan (Republic of China):

  • January 1 - New Year's Day|New Year's Day Holiday
  • January 3 - Bank Holiday
  • January 31 - Chinese New Year's Eve
  • February 1-February 3 - Chinese New Year|Chinese New Year's Holiday
  • February 28 - February 28 Incident|Peace Memorial Day
  • April 5 - Tomb Sweeping Day
  • July 1 - Bank Holiday
  • October 10 - Double Tenth Day
  • October 25 - Retrosession Day
  • December 25 - Constitution Day

Cyprus

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday - variable dates
  • March 25 - Independence Day|Greek Independence Day
  • April 1 - Cyprus National Day
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • October 1 - Cyprus Independence Day
  • October 1 - Independence Day
  • October 28 - Greek National Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day

Czech Republic

Denmark

  • June 5 - Constitution Day

Egypt

  • January 7 - Coptic Christmas Day
  • April 25 - Day of Sinai Liberation (observed in the Sinai Peninsula|Sinai only)
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • June 18 - Evacuation Day
  • July 23 - Revolution Day
  • August 15 - Nile|Flooding of the Nile
  • October 6 - Armed Forces Day
  • October 24 - Yom Kippur War|Suez Victory Day
  • December 23 - Battle of Magdhaba|Victory Day
  • Eid ul-Adha - variable date
  • Eid ul-Fitr - variable date
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday - variable date
  • Islamic calendar|Islamic New Year - variable date

In addition, the following holidays are reserved for observance by Copts, though are not national holidays:

  • September 11 - Coptic New Year's Day

European Union

Estonia

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • February 24 - Independence Day
  • April 6 - Good Friday - variable date
  • April 8 - Easter Day - variable date
  • May 1 - Spring Day
  • May 27 - Whitsunday - variable date
  • June 23 - Victory Day
  • June 24 - Midsummer Day
  • August 20 - Day of Restoration of Independence
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day

Finland

 
Date English Name Local NameRemarks
January 1New Year|New Year's Day Uudenvuodenp?iv? 
January 6Epiphany (feast)|Epiphany Loppiainen 
Moveable feast|Moveable FridayGood Friday Pitk?perjantaiThe Friday before Easter Sunday
Moveable feast|Moveable SundayEaster Sunday P??si?isp?iv? 
Moveable feast|Moveable MondayEaster|Easter Monday 2. P??si?isp?iv?The day after Easter Sunday
May 1May Day VappuSee Walpurgis Night
Moveable feast|Moveable ThursdayAscension DayHelatorstai40 days after Easter
Moveable feast|Moveable SundayPentecost Helluntaip?iv?50 days after Easter
Friday between June 19 and June 25Midsummer|Midsummer Eve JuhannusaattoNon official - however a de facto full holiday
Saturday between June 20 and June 26Midsummer|Midsummer Day Juhannusp?iv? 
Saturday between October 31 and November 6All Saints|All Saints' Day Pyh?inp?iv?Moved from November 1
December 6Independence Day of Finland|Independence Day Itsen?isyysp?iv? 
December 24Christmas Eve JouluaattoNon official - however a de facto full holiday
December 25 Christmas Day Joulup?iv? 
December 26Boxing Day2. Joulup?iv? or Tapaninp?iv? 
All Sundays  Official holidays - names follow the Liturgical year

France

  • February 2 - Candlemas - not a public holiday
  • July 14 - Bastille Day
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • October 2 - Potato Day

Germany

Greece

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany Day
  • March 25 - Independence Day Greek Independence Day
  • Shrove Monday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Holy Spirit Day - variable dates
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • October 28 - Greek National Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day

Gibraltar

  • January 3 - New Year's Day
  • March 14 - Commonwealth Day
  • March 25 - Good Friday
  • March 28 - Easter Monday
  • May 2 - May Day
  • May 30 - Spring Bank Holiday
  • June 13 - Queen's Birthday
  • August 29 - Late Summer Bank Holiday
  • September 12 - Gibraltar National Day ; But Gibraltar and 10 September pages say it is on 10 September, and National Day says 2nd Monday in March...
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day

Source: Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce

Haiti

List of traditionally celebrated Haitian Holidays:

  • January 1 - Independence Day
  • January 2 - Ancestry Day
  • January 3 - Heroes Day*
  • January 6 - Les Rois (the kings)
  • February 16 - Carnival (Mardi Gras, lasts a week though only one day is an official holiday.)
  • April 7 - Death of Toussaint L'Ouverture
  • May 18 - Flag Day*
  • May 22 - Sovereignty and Thanksgiving Day*
  • Early July - Pilgrimage of St. D'Eau*
  • July 15 - August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • July 17 - October Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines
  • June 3 - Corpus Christi
  • August 15 - Assumption
  • November 1 - November All Saints
  • November 2 - November All Souls
  • November 18 - Vertieres Day
  • December 5 - Discovery of Haiti
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Folk religion holidays are available on the Vodou page.

Honduras

  • January 1 New Year’s Day
  • March or April Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday
  • April 14 Day of the Americas
  • May 1 Labour Day
  • September 15 Independence Day
  • October 3 Morazán Day
  • October 12 Columbus Day
  • October 21 Armed Forces Day
  • December 25 Christmas Day

Hungary

India

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 14 - Makarasankranti Day (Kite Flying)
  • January 26 - Republic Day
  • March _ _ - Holi
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • August 15 - Independence Day
  • October 2 - Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
  • October 21 - Diwali
  • October 25 - Idu’l Fitr
  • November 14 - Children's Day

* December 25 - Christmas

  • Idu’z Zuha - Bakri ID (Feast of the Sacrifice)
  • Muharram - Islamic New Year]

Indonesia

  • January 1 - New Year Day
  • Lunar Day - Chinese New Year
  • August 17 - Independence Day

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany
  • April 21 - The foundation of Rome|Rome's foundation (in Rome only)
  • April 25 - Liberation Day
  • May 1 - International Labour Day
  • June 2 - Anniversary of the Republic
  • June 29 - St. Peter and Paul of Tarsus|Saint Paul (in Rome only)
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • November 1 - All Saints' Day
  • December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Saint Stephen|St. Stephen's Day

Japan

Latvia

Luxembourg

  • New Year's Day 1 January
  • Carnival 19 February
  • Easter Monday 9 April
  • May Day 1 May
  • Ascension Day 17 May
  • Whit Monday 28 May
  • National Day 23 June
  • Assumption Day 15 August
  • Luxembourg City Fete 3 September - only celebrated in the city of Luxembourg
  • All Saints Day 1 November
  • Christmas Day 25 December
  • St. Stephen's Day 26 December

(All dates are for 2007)

Malaysia

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Chinese New Year (late January to early February)
  • Labour Day - Labour Day Workers' Day (May 1)
  • Vesak Wesak Day (mostly May)
  • King's Birthday (first Saturday of June)
  • National Day (August 31)
  • Deepavali (late October to early November)
  • Christmas

"Drifting" Holidays

  • Hari Raya Puasa
  • Hari Raya Haji
  • Awal Muharram
  • Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

Malta

Public Holidays

  • Freedom Day - March 31
  • Sette Guigno- June 7
  • Victory Day - September 8
  • Independence Day - September 21
  • Republic Day - December 13

Other Holidays

  • New Year's Day - January 1
  • Saint Paul's Shipwreck - February 10
  • Feast of Saint Joseph - March 19
  • Good Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady - August 15
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8
  • Christmas Day - December 25

School Holidays

  • All Saints' Day - November 1
  • All Souls' Day - November 2
  • Last two days of Carnival (Monday and Tuesday)

Mexico

  • Fiestas Patrias (Mexico) Día de la Constitución (February 5)
  • Fiestas Patrias (Mexico) Natalicio de Benito Juárez (March 21)
  • Fiestas Patrias (Mexico) Día del Trabajo (May 1)
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Fiestas Patrias (Mexico) Dieciséis de Septiembre (September 16), Mexican independence day
  • Fiestas Patrias (Mexico) Día de la Revolución (November 20)

Myanmar

The Netherlands

  • Queens day - The Netherlands|Queen's day (April 30)
  • Remembrance of the dead - The Netherlands Remembrance of the dead (May 4)
  • Liberation day - The Netherlands|Liberation day (May 5)

New Zealand

  • New Year's Day and the day following. (January 1 and January 2) (Monday-ised)
  • Waitangi Day (February 6) - The day the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. (Has also been known as New Zealand Day)
  • Easter - Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday
  • ANZAC Day (also Australia) (April 25)
  • Queen's Birthday (First Monday in June)
  • Labour Day (Fourth Monday in October)
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 25 and December 26) (Monday-ised)
  • Provincial Anniversary Day. Date varies depending on locality. (most are Monday-ised)

North Korea

Norway

Pakistan

  • February 5 - Kashmir Day
  • March 23 - Pakistan Day
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • August 14 - Yaum e Azadi|Independence Day
  • November 9 - Birthday of Sir Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (Iqbal Day)
  • December 25 - Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam / Christmas

Public Holidays given according to Islamic Calendar Hijri Calendar

  • Muharram 9 - Ashura
  • Muharram 10 - Ashura
  • Rabi' al-awwal 12 - Eid Milad-un-Nabi
  • Shawwal 1 - Eid ul-Fitr
  • Shawwal 2 - Eid ul-Fitr
  • Shawwal 3 - Eid ul-Fitr
  • Dhu al-Hijjah 10 - Eid ul-Adha
  • Dhu al-Hijjah 11 - Eid ul-Adha
  • Dhu al-Hijjah 12 - Eid ul-Adha

Peru

  • January 1 - New Year
  • Easter - Good Friday, Easter Sunday
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • June 29 - Saint Peter, Paul of Tarsus|Saint Paul
  • July 28, July 29 - Independence Day
  • August 30 - Saint Rose of Lima
  • October 8 - Naval Battle of Angamos
  • November 1 - All Saints' Day
  • December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Philippines

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Araw ng Bagong Taon Regular public holiday
Chinese New Year Araw ng Bagong Taon ng mga Tsino
February 25 People Power Day Edsa Revolution Special non-working holiday; Commemorates 1986 EDSA Revolution
Maundy Thursday Huwebes Santo Regular public holiday
Good Friday Biyernes Santo Regular public holiday
Easter Sunday Linggo ng Pagkabuhay Regular public holiday
April 9 Day of Valor (Bataan Day) Araw ng Kagitingan Regular public holiday; Commemorates the Bataan Death March
May 1 Labor Day Araw ng Manggagawa Regular public holiday
June 12 Independence Day Araw ng Kalayaan Regular public holiday; Commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence
August 21 Ninoy Aquino Day Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino Regular public holiday; Commemorates the martyrdom of Benigno Aquino Jr.
Last Sunday of August National Heroes' Day Araw ng mga Bayani Regular public holiday
November 1 All Saints' Day Todos los Santos/Undas/Araw ng mga Namayapa Regular public holiday
End of Ramadan Eid ul-Fitr Regular public holiday; Date varies, based on Islamic calendar
November 30 Bonifacio Day Kaarawan ni Bonifacio Regular public holiday; Commemorates the life of Andres Bonifacio
December 25 Christmas Day Araw ng Pasko Regular public holiday
December 30 Rizal Day Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Dr. Jose Rizal Regular public holiday; Commemorates the martyrdom of José Rizal
December 31 New Year's Eve Medya Noche Special non-working holiday

Poland

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • May 1 - State Holiday
  • May 3 - Constitution of third May|Constitution Day
  • Pentecost Sunday
  • Corpus Christi
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • November 1 - All Saints' Day
  • November 11 - Independence Day
  • December 25 - 1st day of Christmas
  • December 26 - 2nd day of Christmas

Portugal

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Mardi Gras
  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • April 25 - Carnation Revolution
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • Corpus Christi
  • June 10 - National Day
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • October 5 - Proclamation of the Republic
  • November 1 - All Saints' Day
  • December 1 - Restoration of Independence
  • December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Romania

  • 1-2 January (New Year)
  • Easter
  • 1 December (Union Day|National Day)
  • 25-26 December (Christmas)

Russia

Serbia

  • 1-2 January New Year
  • 7 January Christmas Day
  • 13 January Serbian (Orthodox) New Year
  • 15 February National Day
  • Relative date Easter
  • 1 May Labour Day

Slavas:

  • 6th May Djurdjevdan (Saint George)
  • 19th December Sveti Nikola (Saint Nicolas)
  • 20th January Saint Jovan
  • 2nd August Saint Ilija
  • 12th July Petrovdan (Saint Peter)
  • 21st November Saint Archangel Michailo ,...

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

See Sri Lanka: Holidays - 2006

Sweden

Switzerland

Tanzania

  • January 1 New Year's Day
  • January 10Eid El Haj *
  • January 12Zanzibar Revolution Day
  • April 7 Heroes Day (Zanzibar)
  • April 10 Maulid Day *
  • April 14 Good Friday
  • April 17 Easter Monday
  • April 26 Union Day
  • May 1 Worker's Day
  • July 7 Dar es salaam International Trade Fair Day
  • August 8 Farmer's Day
  • October 25Nyerere Day
  • October 23Eid El Fitr Celebration *
  • October 24Eid El Fitr Celebration *
  • December 9Independence and Republic Day
  • December 25Christmas Day
  • December 26Boxing Day
  • December 30Eid El Haj *

Thailand

Tibet

February 8- Paranirvana Day. Death of Gautama Buddha

Turkey

Ukraine

  • January 1—New Year
  • January 7—Orthodox Christmas
  • March 8—International Women's Day
  • Easter, Holy Trinity Day (Svyata Troyitsya)
  • May 1 & May 2|2—Labour Days
  • May 9—Victory Day
  • June 28—Constitution Day
  • August 24—Independence Day

Religious holidays are observed according to the Julian calendar. When an official holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be an official day off.

United Kingdom and Crown dependency Crown dependencies

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 2 - (Scotland Only)
  • March 17 - St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland only
  • Good Friday
  • Easter|Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday - (not Scotland)
  • May Day (First Monday in May)
  • May 9 - Liberation Day (Jersey, Guernsey)
  • Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May) - See Bank Holiday
  • July 5 - Tynwald Day (Isle of Man)
  • July 12 - Battle of the Boyne, otherwise known as "The Twelfth". Northern Ireland only
  • August Bank Holiday - England and Wales (Last Monday in August)
  • August Bank Holiday - Scotland (First Monday in August)
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - Boxing Day

An official list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be found here on the webpage on the DTI. An official list of bank holidays for Scotland can be found here on the webpage of the Scottish Executive.

In Scotland, the holidays listed above are official bank holidays and may not be public holidays. Public holidays are set by local authorities and therefore vary from place to place, although Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and January 2nd (and May Day?) are observed throughout the country. And in fact, banks in Scotland actually observe the English bank holidays, so Scottish bank holidays which differ from the English ones are of little practical importance.

United States

Unlike countries where holidays are required by law, there are no national holidays in the United States. However, the United States Congress has created federal holidays for employees of the United States Government and the District of Columbia. Most states have declared state holidays to coincide with these federal holidays. In spite of numerous attempts, the United States has never established true national holidays. (However, most labor contracts provide for extra pay or other special consideration for those required to work on officially-recognized holidays.)

On June 28, 1968, The United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The holidays included George Washington|Washington's Birthday (which essentially evolved into Presidents' Day (United States)|Presidents' Day), Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. The law took effect in 1971 at the federal level. After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply at the state level, all fifty states adopted the measure within a few years. Veteran's Day was eventually changed back to its traditional date.

For the holidays not observed on a specified Monday, when the date falls on a Saturday, it is observed the previous Friday, and when the date falls on a Sunday, it is observed the following Monday.

The holidays, and the days on which they are normally celebrated, are:

  • January 1 - New Year's Day (federal observed)
  • Third Monday in January - Birthday of Martin Luther King (federal observed)
  • January 15 - Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (traditional)
  • January 20 - Inauguration Day
  • February 1 - National Freedom Day (signing of 13th Am.; pres. procl)
  • February 2 - Groundhog Day
  • February 12 - Lincoln's Birthday
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • Third Monday in February - Presidents' Day (United States) |President's Day (federal observed)
  • February 22 - Washington's Birthday
  • Second Sunday in March- Daylight Saving Time begins
  • March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day
  • April 1 - April Fool's Day
  • April 15 - Federal Income Taxes are due (or, if a weekend, on the next legal day)
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • Last Wednesday in April - Administrative Professionals' Day
  • Last Friday in April - Arbor Day (date varies depending on the climate of the state.)
  • May 1 - Loyalty Day
  • Second Sunday in May - Mother's Day
  • Third Saturday in May - Armed Forces Day
  • Last Monday in May - Memorial Day
  • June 14 - Flag Day
  • Third Sunday in June - Father's Day
  • July 4 - Independence Day (United States)|Independence Day (federal observed)
  • Fourth Sunday in July - Parents' Day
  • First Monday in September - Labor Day (federal observed)
  • First Sunday after Labor Day - Grandparents Day
  • September 17 - Citizenship Day
  • Second Monday in October - Columbus Day (federal observed)
  • October 12 - Columbus Day (traditional)
  • October 16 - Boss' Day
  • October 21 - Sweet Heart Day
  • October 24 - United Nations Day
  • October 29, 2006 - Daylight Saving Time ends (2006 only, see first Sunday in November)
  • October 31 - Halloween
  • First Sunday in November - Daylight Savings Time ends (beginning in 2007)
  • First Tuesday after first Monday in November - Election Day
  • November 11 - Veterans' Day. The federal government still observes Veterans' Day on November 11. Incidentally, the state of Washington does also, because it was admitted to statehood on November 11 1889. (federal observed)
  • Fourth Thursday of November - Thanksgiving Day (federal observed)
  • December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day
  • December 15 - Bill of Rights Day
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Venezuela

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany
  • Monday and Tuesday previous Ash Wednesday - Carnival
  • Holy Week, Easter
  • March 19 - Saint Joseph's Day
  • April 19 - Events of April 19, 1810 in Venezuela|Beginning of the Independence Movement
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • June 24 - Birth of Simón Bolívar
  • October 12 - Día de la Raza (Columbus Day)
  • November 1 - All Saints Day
  • December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 - Christmas
  • December 31 - New Year's Day

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