Popular Holidays

Popular Holidays

National and Public Holidays around the world
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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri, a Hindu festival, is celebrated to honor Lord Shiva. It is one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals in Hinduism, occurring on the 13th or 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna. Maha Shivaratri is traditionally celebrated with fasting, rituals and prayers to Lord Shiva, culminating in a night of worship, feasting and socializing.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday held on March 17th that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. It is known for wearing green, eating traditional Irish dishes, and for attending parades and festivals. People of all countries and faiths can celebrate by taking part in activities that honor St. Patrick, such as attending church services and enjoying Irish music and food. Additionally, participating in charitable events or simply appreciating the culture and its contributions to society are great ways to recognize the holiday.

Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is a holiday in many countries and businesses typically close to recognize this important event in the Christian faith.

Easter – Christian Catholic

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important religious feast of the year in the Catholic Church. Every year, Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. This usually falls on the first Sunday in April. On this day, Christians attend special services in honor of the resurrection, and exchange decorated Easter eggs and gifts. Traditionally, families and friends gather for a celebratory meal.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death. It is one of the most important and oldest Christian festivals, which is celebrated with religious services, feasts, and egg hunts. During the holiday season, many churches will celebrate with food, singing, and special services. In many countries, Easter is a public holiday and is celebrated by families in various ways, including decorating eggs and exchanging gifts.

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Prophet Mohammed's Birthday is a special holiday celebrated in many Muslim countries. It marks the birth of the Prophet Mohammed and is seen as a time for Muslims to show reverence for the Prophet's teachings. Celebrations typically involve prayer services, family gatherings, and the exchange of gifts. Other special activities may include parades, special meals, and volunteering to help those in need. It is a festive and joyous occasion, and its observance is a reminder to all of the human race of the Prophet's message.

Easter – Christian Orthodox

Easter is a Christian Orthodox holiday celebrated to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Prime festivities are observed on Easter Sunday, but the week prior to this day is also filled with traditions such as Easter baskets, coloring eggs, and prayers. Orthodox Easter is one to two weeks after the Catholic Easter holiday. On Easter Sunday, many Orthodox Christians attend special church services and feast on festive foods such as dyed eggs and traditional lamb dishes.

Labour Day

Labour Day is a public holiday celebrated by many countries around the world to honour and celebrate the achievements of workers. Usually held on May 1st, Labour Day can include marches, parades, and political speeches. The day is also seen as a symbol of the successes of labour rights movements around the world. Variations of the holiday are celebrated in different countries, with some countries having more of a focus on rest and relaxation for workers.

Ascension Thursday

The Feast of the Ascension, celebrated forty days after Easter, commemorates Jesus’ ascent to heaven where he was seated at the right hand of God as the Messiah, the divinely appointed King of Kings. It is traditionally celebrated with liturgical services, readings from scripture, and hymns. In some countries, such as Austria and Poland, the day is also a public holiday.

Victoria Day in Canada

Victoria Day is a federal holiday in Canada, celebrated annually on the last Monday before 25th of May. This holiday originated as a tribute to Queen Victoria's birthday and has been celebrated for many years. As an occasion of great national importance, it marks the official start of summer and is typically celebrated by Canadian citizens by enjoying picnics and barbecues or simply taking a stroll.

Spring Bank in UK

Spring Bank is a UK holiday which celebrates the traditional start of the Summer season in the country. Celebrations typically include parades with bright decorations and festive music. All kinds of fun activities are also part of it, like street carnivals, firework displays, treasure hunts and pub concerts. This four-day holiday is a highly anticipated time of the year for locals looking for an opportunity to get out, relax and join in the celebrations.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday on the last Monday of May. Traditionally, the day is to remember and honor those who have died in military service. Commemorative ceremonies such as parades, speeches, and the decorating of graves with flags take place throughout the country. This is a special time for all those who have lost loved ones, friends, and family due to service in the armed forces.

Republic Day in Italy

Republic Day in Italy (Festa della Repubblica) is a national holiday celebrated annually on June, 2nd. It commemorates the birth of the Republic of Italy in 1946, when Italians voted in a referendum to abolish the monarchy and establish a republic. Celebrations often include parades, fireworks and concerts, as well as performances and exhibitions, which are held specially to mark the occasion.

Flag Day

Flag Day is an annual observance in the United States honoring the American flag and celebrating its birth. The observance began in 1885, when schoolteacher BJ Cigrand placed a 38-inch star-spangled banner in the Arionette Schoolroom in Waubeka, Wis., and designated June 14 as the day to honor the flag. In 1949, the U.S. Congress declared June 14 "Flag Day" honoring the flag and its birth. Throughout the country, events and special ceremonies are held in its honor. The days events often include hoisting the flag, singing patriotic songs, saluting, parades and presentations illustrating the historical traditions surrounding the flag.

Independence Day

Independence Day in the United States is a national holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Celebrations include parades, fireworks, picnics, and other activities to celebrate the anniversary of the nation's Independence. This holiday is usually celebrated on the 4th of July every year and serves as an opportunity to reflect on American freedom, democracy, and patriotism.

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday that honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. It is celebrated by Muslims around the world and is seen as a time for families and friends to gather to share in the joy of the holiday. Traditionally, Muslims gather for prayer at mosques and community centers during the four-day celebration, and animals are slaughtered and shared among family, friends, and those in need. Gifts are also exchanged and hot meals prepared and served. Other activities may include recreational activities like music, dancing, and games.

Civic Holiday in Canada

Civic Holiday, also known as the Simcoe Day, is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the first Monday of August in provinces and territories. It serves to recognize the public service and civic contributions of citizens in their communities. The holiday allows the public to take part in various local festivals, fairs, parades, and other outdoor activities. The day was originally proclaimed by Ontario in 1868 and is now recognized in most Canadian provinces.

Assumption of Mary in Orthodox

The Dormition of the Theotokos is an important Orthodox holiday that commemorates the repose and bodily assumption of Mary, mother of Jesus, into heaven. It serves as a reminder of her heavenly intercession for the faithful as she ascended in her physical form. It is also an occasion to celebrate and honor Mary's love and obedience to God, and her unwavering trust throughout her earthly life.

Halloween 2024

Halloween is a spooky holiday that falls on the night of October 31 every year. People dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for treats, recite spooky stories around bonfires, and attend costume parties. Pumpkin carving and carving out spooky designs in other gourds are traditional activities. On this night, children are also given the freedom to roam their streets in search of spooky attractions and adventures.

Universal Children’s Day 2024

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20th every year, as designated by the United Nations in 1954. The day is dedicated to promoting the welfare and rights of all children throughout the world. It’s a special day to recognize children’s unique needs and rights, to improve their lives, to help them reach their full potential, and to extend them the respect and love they deserve. Activities around the world include conferences, festivals, charity events, parades, and much more.