A holiday is a set aside day by law or custom, where normal daily activities, particularly work or school including church, are suspended or completely reduced. In general, most holidays are meant to let people celebrate or remember an occasion or tradition of significant cultural or spiritual meaning to the people who observe it. Holidays may be annual or special. They are observed around the world through various festivities and activities.
Holidays have meanings attached to them by tradition and religion, which give meaning to the days leading up to the holiday itself. One such holiday that has biblical roots is Passover, the Six Days of Unleavened Bread. The first day of Passover was also named after the Biblical story of Moses, who was sold into slavery with the Egyptians. As he was carrying out God’s will, he was given the responsibility of freeing the Egyptian people from slavery and they all celebrated a festival in his honor.
Every country celebrates at least one major holiday or festival, for different reasons. However, there are some countries that celebrate more holidays than others, for example, China celebrates many more Chinese New Year than Europe does. It is because of this that some people in other countries are unfamiliar with what the major national holidays are in their own countries, even though they live in those countries and have family there who speak the same language. Because of this wide usage of holidays, some Christians feel the need to learn about different religious festivals and pass on this knowledge to other Christians.
Holidays are not only about the days surrounding the actual festival or holiday, but also include a time period leading up to it. For example, during Easter, Christians around the world fast from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening so they can spend the entire day away from whatever causes them to spend time during the week, such as work or family. They celebrate this time away with feasting and prayer sessions, Mass, and other Christian traditions. Some countries also use this time away from family and work, to think about how they can make the biggest impact on the world while staying true to their religious beliefs.
The word holiday is derived from the Latin term “hola” which means holy. When Christians began celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with a holiday, they were trying to commemorate his birth. They believed that his birth was the miracle that gave them the right to be holy, and that by celebrating his birthday on the 3rd January each year they could live closer to him and give him all the love and attention they needed. Holidays have been very important to the Christian faith, going back to the very first Christian holiday ever celebrated, the Festival of Epiphany (epiphany), when the Magi brought the newborn Jesus to the manger where he was welcomed and given the first holy Communion. From then until the modern age, religious celebrations have continued to be important yearly, weekly, and monthly events.
In America, the most popular public holidays we celebrate our Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both holidays require preparing foods that are rich in spices and corn which has long been part of many Christian traditions. In America, different states celebrate different days with different names, but all of them have one thing in common; food. From turkey on sandwiches to the famous ham and cheese on French bread, there are endless types of foods that can be made on a holiday.