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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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1 April 2013: 8 hours ordinary pay plus 50% public holiday loading (no other shift penalties paid).
For those who argue that an additional public holiday would lead to economic overheads and the hindering of public service delivery, it should be remembered that the tourist industry is the biggest earner in Scotland now.
If the employee works on a public holiday that would otherwise be a working day, the employee is entitled to another day's holiday, on pay, defined as an "alternative holiday".
Britain languishes joint bottom of the European public holiday and annual leave entitlement league tables, alongside the Netherlands.
The BJP government in Goa when Manohar Parrikar was chief minister had earlier sought to cancel public holidays like Gandhi Jayanti, Good Friday and St Francis Xavier feast.
Should the year's public holidays fall on a weekend the government swaps the official dates with weekdays, maximising time off," said Holte.
Except on public holidays, staff will be available to support you, and your call will be returned.
They should also express their hatred against the government for its failure to declare public holidays on days of the great caliphs of Islam.
In contrast, the UK has the least number of public holidays, only eight, with patron saints' days, St Andrew's Day, St David's Day and St George's Day not recognised as public holidays in Scotland, Wales and England, unlike Ireland's St.
1 a public holiday to commemorate all assassinated political leaders in the country.
Dr Sian Finlay, who was involved in the research at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, said: "Consultant physicians in Dumfries spend as much time on the acute medical unit during public holidays as they do on normal days and weekends.