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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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Specialty stores are expected to do even better with electronics, jewelry and apparel all expected to be big sellers this holiday season.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opened the 2005 holiday season Friday evening by flipping the switch on the tree's lights, a menorah and the entire plaza area.
2 -- 3 -- color) Clerk Matt Corey at Samuel French in Studio City, above, a small business that has experienced better-then-expected sales during the holiday season.
Heightened security is added to the dining rooms during the holiday season, when family china is taken out and displayed.
For those of us fortunate to spend this holiday season with family and friends, let's raise a glass to those who put their lives on the line for us.
Characters from a half-dozen theatrical movies are transitioning very successfully to the silver shopping cart this holiday season.
Organizers hope the route will cause fewer problems than last year, when dozens of business owners complained that the parade prevented customers from shopping during the busy holiday season.
The goal for the 2006 holiday season is to raise the equivalent to one million pounds of food.
As such, I have become quite familiar with the seasonal changes and celebrations taking place in these usually forgotten pieces of open space, the most notable being the end-of-year holiday season.
As is traditional, nearly all employers will give the standard days off for Christmas (98 percent) and New Year's (94 percent) this holiday season.
Los Angeles International Airport is on track for a record-breaking holiday season this year with an anticipated 174,000 passengers a day between Saturday and Jan.
AUSTIN, Texas -- This holiday season, consumers are increasingly seeking advice from others before making their biggest purchases of the year.