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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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From a Jewish perspective, particularly because we're very strict - you're not allowed to work on a religious holiday - it's difficult for people.
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to protect Jews who are celebrating a religious holiday.
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Since they will be multidenominational, "they could sell during any religious holiday," Polydoroff said.
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