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A day of recreation; a consecrated day; a day set apart for the suspension of business.

A legal holiday is a day set aside by statute for recreation, the cessation of work, or religious observance. It is a day that is legally designated as exempt from the conduct of all judicial proceedings, Service of Process, and the demand and protest of Commercial Paper. A prohibition against conducting public business transactions on holidays does not, however, have an effect upon private business. Private transactions will not, therefore, be invalidated solely because they are conducted on a holiday.


noun celebration, day of festivities, day off, dies festus, feriae, festival, fête, furlough, gala, jubilee, leave, leisure, lull, recess, rest, time off, vacation
Associated concepts: general holiday, legal holiday
See also: absence, furlough, leave, remembrance
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The ruling bloc on Monday reconfirmed its intention to try to enact a bill before the end of the current Diet session to create two more three-day consecutive holidays by shifting the dates of national holidays and combining them with weekends, coalition officials said.
On Thursday, the first of four consecutive holidays in the nine-day Golden Week that began last Saturday, there was a 200% occupancy rate for unreserved seats on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line's Tsubasa 111 service from Tokyo to Shinjo in Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan, according to rail officials.
The three banks will completely halt operations of their computer systems during three consecutive holidays in February 2002 in order to conduct final tests on their integrated system, the officials said.