Holidays - Theres plenty left to see on a shrinking globe.

By: Andrew Stratton

Theword holidays is derived from 'holy days' and were originally religiouslyoriented celebrations.? Easter,Christmas, Yom Kippur, Passover and many others originated in the history ofthe Christian or Jewish religions.? Inthe United States,Thanksgiving originally had religious undertones, but many consider it awelcome harvest festival. In the United States, bank holidays includeChristmas, Thanksgiving and sometimes Easter Monday, but banks and state andfederal government workers also get New Year's Day, President's Day, MartinLuther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day,? and Veteran's Day in most jurisdictions.

Insome countries there are many holidays known as saint's days in which thepatron saint of a village or church or ward is recognized and feted with thesame type of celebrations as those in the U.S. would find appropriate onIndependence Day, such as a parade, fireworks, dancing and food.

Thereare traditional activities that are associated with many of these holidays,such as Memorial Day when graves are decorated to honor the dead andIndependence Day which usually has at least one fireworks display. Becausechildren are not usually attending school on the holiday, many activities arefocused on children or planned around an agenda that includes the entirefamily.

Gradually,the term holidays has come to mean almost the same thing as the word'vacation'.? Children have summerholidays each year; the Christmas holidays last anywhere from one day to a fullmonth. The Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated with family, and sometimes thebreak in the spring celebrated by many college students is called springholiday, but this usage is less common than "spring break" or"spring vacation".

Yetanother usage of the term holidays is that with a meaning of 'vacation.'?? This is the act of traveling to anotherlocation for from time spent away from the usual humdrum of life.? In the UnitedState one would speak of taking avacation at Walt Disney World, while the European would be more likely to speakof taking holidays on the Mediterranean or on the southern coast of Italy.? In either case, holiday travel is often to anew and exotic location, someplace where you can just? enjoy your freedom from cares, worries andboredom of day to day life.

Thelocation of the holidays will vary depending upon the time of year.? For example, those bored and lethargic duringthe winter doldrums may choose to take their holidays in the tropical sunshinewhere they can loll on the beach and get a great tan.? Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in thedead of winter has a great appeal to anyone shoveling out after the lastsnowstorm. Other vacationers choose the Christmas holidays as a time to indulgein a skiing vacation in the Rockies or thePoconos.

The summer holidays are enjoyed by many peoplewho head north into Glacier Park or even further north into Canada for camping, fishingComputer Technology Articles, andcooler weather.

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