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Old 01-13-2018, 01:37 PM
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America has Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's which is all in one seven-week period. We often say "the holidays" for this period. I guess Europe just has Christmas and New Year's, not too different from America.

Is it true that Africa, the mideast and Asia don't have a clump of holidays in one part of the year? Another thing is, Ramadan is a different place on the calendar each year.

Do all cultures celebrate on Jan. 1? There might be small trappings that are different, but I bet they do.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:08 PM
Location: France, Bordeaux
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In France holidays periods for employees are often the same as school holidays (With fewer days of course) :

Winter Holidays End february
Spring Holidays End April
Summer Holidays July month or August month
Toussaint Holidays End october
Christmas Holidays End december

If you're talking about Holidays only where 90% of people do not work:

New Year 1 January
Easter Monday 2 April
labor Day 1 May
8 May 1945 8 May
Ascension Thursday 10 May
Whit Monday 21 May
National Holiday 14 July
Assumption 15 August
La Toussaint (all saints) 1 November
Armistice 11 November
Christmas 25 December
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:26 PM
Location: Finland
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Finnish public holidays:

New Year - 1 Jan
Epiphany - 6 Jan
Easter - Moveable Friday-Monday
Labour Day - 1 May
Ascension - Moveable Thursday in May
Midsummer - Movable Fri-Sat between 19 and 25 June
All Saints' Day - Movable Saturday between 31 Oct and 6 Nov

Independence Day - 6 December
Christmas - 24-26 December

School Holidays:

Winter holiday - Week 8, 9 or 10
Summer holiday - Second week of June - Mid August
Autumn holiday - week 42 or 43 (whole week or shorter period)

Christmas holiday - 23 Dec to 2 or 8 January
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:56 PM
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Canada has Thanksgiving but it's around Oct. 10.

So when people talk about the holidays here they just mean Christmas and New Year's.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:36 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Originally Posted by robertpasa View Post

Is it true that Africa, the mideast and Asia don't have a clump of holidays in one part of the year? Another thing is, Ramadan is a different place on the calendar each year.
Ramadan is in the same place in their calendar ever year, relative to their New Year. It's always the ninth month.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:01 PM
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Russia takes about 2 solid weeks off during Christmas and New Years. It begins around Catholic/Protestant Christmas, continues through New Years (which is treated sort of like how Americans treat
Christmas with trees,gifts) and continues through Orthodox Christmas around January 7-8. In addition some celebrate the Old New Year (Today by the way) which is based on the pre-revolutionary Julian calendar.
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:16 AM
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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List of Turkish Holidays 2018

1 January: New Year's Day
23 April: National Sovereignty and Children's Day ( Celebrates the creation of the Turkish parliament in 1920)
1 May: Labor and Solidarity Day
19 May: Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day (Marks the start of the war of independence in 1919)
15 May - 14 June: Holy Month of Ramadan
14 June - 17 June: Ramadan (Ramazan Bayram) Feast
30 August: Victory Day ( Commemorates a key victory in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922)
20 August: Sacrifice Feast Eve
21 August - 24 August: Sacrifice (Kurban Bayram) Feast
28 October: Republic Day Eve
29 October: Republic day ( Declaration of the Republic of Turkey in 1923)
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:28 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Those are mostly religious holidays, so depends on the religion some countries have more holidays than others. Germany comes to mind...

Day Date Holiday
Monday January 01 New Year's Day
Saturday January 06 Three Kings Day
Monday February 12 Fasching
Friday March 30 Good Friday
Monday April 02 Easter Monday
Tuesday May 01 Labour Day
Thursday May 10 Ascension Day
Thursday May 10 Father's Day
Sunday May 13 Mother's Day
Monday May 21 Whit Monday
Thursday May 31 Corpus Christi
Wednesday August 15 Assumption Day
Saturday September 22 Oktoberfest
Wednesday October 03 German Unity Day
Wednesday October 31 Day of Reformation
Thursday November 01 All Saints Day
Wednesday November 21 Repentance Day
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day
Wednesday December 26 St Stephens Day

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Old 01-14-2018, 07:55 AM
Location: Great Britain
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Public holidays in the UK are commonly referred to as bank holidays. As the UK is a country made up of four more or less independent regions, official holidays vary depending on if you live in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.

There are eight bank holidays in England and Wales:
  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • Good Friday: March or April (14 April 2017)
  • Easter Monday: March or April (17 April 2017)
  • Early May: May Day (1 May 2017)
  • Spring Bank Holiday: May (29 May 2017)
  • Summer Bank Holiday: August (28 August 2017)
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December

In Scotland, the summer bank holiday is earlier in August. Moreover, Scots celebrate St. Andrew’s Day on 30 November and 2 January is also a bank holiday, but Easter Monday is not. All in all, there are nine bank holidays in Scotland.

In Northern Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March is a bank holiday, and so is Orangemen’s Day on 12 July which commemorates the Battle of Boyne. There are a total of ten bank holidays in Northern Ireland, making it the region with the most holidays in the UK.

Most UK Public Holidays are in the Spring and around Easter.
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:14 AM
Location: In the heights
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Countries that have a historically stronger Christian background do because of the one-two punch of Christmas and the end of the Gregorian/Julian calendar year. It's less of a thing in countries that are not, but the spread of English-language media from the US and UK, with a bit of an assist from Canada and Australia, have highlighted and spread some form of these practices for Christmas and the movement of almost all countries to the Gregorian/Julian solar calendar year for business / pragmatic reasons has helped these holidays, especially New Year's, get a footing elsewhere.
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