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A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted. It is generally an official (more common) or unofficial observance of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities.


  • Remunerated joy, weekends off or annual holidays paid by the boss is like paying to make love. It seems the same but there is something lacking.
  • We take notice of all feasts, and the almanack is part of the common law, the calendar being established by Act of Parliament, and it is published before the Common-prayer Book.
    • Holt, C.J., Brough v. Parkings (1703), 2 Raym. 994; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 92.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 368.

  • The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
  • There were his young barbarians all at play
    There was their Dacian mother]], he, their sire,
    Butcherd to make a Roman holiday.
  • And that was the way
    The deuce was to pay
    As it always is, at the close of the day
    That gave us]],
    Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
    (With some restrictions, the fault]],
    finders say)
    That which, please God, we will keep for aye
    Our National Independence!
  • The holiest of all holidays are those
    Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
    When the full river of feeling overflows;]],
    The happy days unclouded to their close;
    The sudden joys that out of darkness start
    As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
    Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
  • You sunburnt sicklemen, of August weary,
    Come hither from the furrow and be merry:
    Make holiday; your rye, straw hats put on
    And these fresh nymphs encounter every one
    In country footing.
  • Time for work,—yet take
    Much holiday for arts and friendships sake.

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