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A period of time during which one ordinarily would work but does not, normally to engage in some pleasure. One may spend a vacation traveling, relaxing or simply organizing one's personal life. Many companies offer paid vacation time to employees after a certain period of employment. Some jurisdictions require paid vacations.


A day set apart for commemorating an important event.The term is used often in contracts and leases when computing time,as when a certain number of days are allowed for an action, but if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday,it will be the next business day.Leases,in particular,limit delivery of certain services,such as heating and air conditioning,on weekends and holidays. The better practice is for the contract or lease to define the holidays meant by it.In the absence of such a definition, holidays will usually include federal holidays, when federal offices are closed, and may include state holidays when state offices are closed,if different.

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Because a series of date-fixed national holidays sat on weekdays this year -- especially after Sunday -- more workers could luckily take long enough off to tour by airplane," one airline industry official said, noting the four consecutive holidays May 2-5.
The ministry is seeking about 390 million yen as part of its budget requests for the fiscal 2001 state budget to initiate the program, under which companies that have less than 300 employees and that grant consecutive holidays of more than two weeks are eligible, the officials said.