A holiday is a time set aside officially by government or custom where normal daily activities, particularly work or school including church, are halted or reduced. In general, public holidays are planned to let people commemorate or celebrate an occasion or belief of special cultural or spiritual meaning. Normally, the same activities or events will be observed on different days of the year. Holidays have become very popular all over the world and there are many different kinds of holidays that you can choose from. Below is an overview of some popular types of holidays.
Christmas is the season for gift giving, eating lavish meals and shopping for expensive presents. In general, Christmas is the most awaited and expensive time for gift giving. Some people visit their relatives and friends who live far away on Christmas Island or the Cook Islands in Australia. On this island, there is a wonderful holiday atmosphere and people get to enjoy traditional Australian foods and drinks.
An Indian festival is Holi. This festival is celebrated with great joy and happiness all round the country. Vast multicolored lights are used all over the country while candles are burnt on all sides of the road. Some people also decorate their homes with beautiful flowers and use colorful cloths to prepare beautiful garlands for themselves. This type of holiday is very famous among women and children alike.
Chinese people have a very important national holiday called the New Year. It is widely celebrated in China and it usually falls in late January or early February. In the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year occurs every year at a fixed date and people look forward to this period by celebrating with great joy and happiness. Spring Festival is the most important and popular festival and falls in the third month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
People in Japan celebrate on different dates but the most common date that people remember is the fourth of April. This is the island nation’s national holiday, which is highly appreciated by the Japanese people. During this time, many cultural and sporting activities are seen all around the island.
The Australian holiday has no particular rhythm but has a universal appeal to people of different ages and walks of life. Places like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne offer great attractions that attract tourists all through Australia. There are various popular holiday resorts all over the country that offer great quality time off to its residents. In any case, this is an excellent chance to bond with your family and friends and spend quality time with them.