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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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Should the year's public holidays fall on a weekend the government swaps the official dates with weekdays, maximising time off," said Holte.
As there is still no statutory right to time off (paid or otherwise) on any public holiday, not everyone is entitled to a paid day's leave for a special occasion public holiday such as the Diamond Jubilee.
The public holidays coming up are: Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25), Boxing Day (Monday, December 26), New Year's Day (Sunday, January 1, 2012) and the day after (Monday, January 2, 2012).
The staff-side view is that the government has decreed that 29 April 2011 should be a public holiday.
There's a lot of confusion about the announcements on Wednesday that Saturday would be a public holiday," said Usman P.
Particularly, the question is whether or not companies include public holidays within the annual leave entitlement of staff.
holiday, unless the Monday is already a public holiday.
Some countries, like France celebrate Armistice Day on November 11 with a public holiday, as well as VE Day, and there has been a campaign in Britain to make the day after Remembrance Sunday a bank holiday every year.
We have our own traditions, language, customs and cuisine and this should be celebrated on a national scale with a public holiday.
An employer is not required to provide an alternative holiday where an employee works on a public holiday on a day that would not have otherwise been a working day.
The Tripartite Consultative Board formed by representatives of the government, employees and employers convened after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave instructions to the minister to hold talks with the Confederation of Turkish Labour Unions (Turk-Is), the Moral Rights Workers Union (Hak-is), the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) and the Turkish Confederation of Employers' Unions (TISK) to declare May Day as a public holiday.
St George's Day should be a national public holiday, according to a Midland MP.