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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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Laxmikant Parsekar said the government has not dropped Gandhi Jayanti from the list of public holidays and it could be a printing mistake.
The United Arab Emirates, a fast developing travel market, comes lower on the list with 11 public holidays in 2015.
In contrast, the UK has the least number of public holidays, only eight, with patron saints' days, St Andrew's Day, St David's Day and St George's Day not recognised as public holidays in Scotland, Wales and England, unlike Ireland's St.
14, the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a public holiday.
Dr Sian Finlay, who was involved in the research at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, said: "Consultant physicians in Dumfries spend as much time on the acute medical unit during public holidays as they do on normal days and weekends.
I understand that Saturday and Sunday were public holidays in Bahrain due to Ashoora and Monday was given holiday in lieu of Saturday.
Last year, the additional public holiday to mark the royal wedding caused a headache for some employers, particularly given that Unite decided to name and shame employers who either treated the day as any other Friday and did not pay bank holiday rates to those staff who did work, or did not give them a day off in lieu.
Opinions on the proposal are being sought with the launch of a new website and Twitter consultation - which could see the day move to October or celebrating a patron saint day with a public holiday.
President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbaeva suggests to keep March 24 as a public holiday.
The NHS unions have been seeking an agreement from NHS Employers to ensure that the 29 April bank holiday is treated as a public holiday for the purposes of the AfC terms and conditions, but NHS Employers has only offered it as a day for plain time rate payments with time off in lieu at a later date.
Summary: RIYADH: An announcement on Wednesday that Saturday would be a one-off public holiday for all schools and government departments has caused widespread confusion in the Kingdom.
At no time since bank holidays were introduced in 1871 has there been a statutory right for employees to take a bank or public holiday off work.