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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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This 356-suite, 31-story property is the first Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn in Latin America, the first of its kind outside North America, and the first to anchor a major mixed-use center that includes two office buildings, as well as retail and entertainment venues.
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Professor Holiday came from an area in south Philadelphia comprised mainly of middle-class families.
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Litwicki shows that holiday instruction in the public schools began because civic elites wanted to encourage support for law and order and quell anarchism and labor violence.
Trade groups urged churches and politicians to endorse the holiday to honor American mothers, and those "who issued proclamations at the trade's urging, were made part of a publicity campaign - and advertisement - for the florists.