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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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Market participants are keeping an eye on remarks by Japanese currency authorities in Tokyo after the consecutive holidays on the dollar's recent weak ground against the yen,'' said a New York-based dealer at a Japanese bank.
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.