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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.
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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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In supporting the observance of the Dengue Awareness Month, the resolution read that 'the prevention and control of dengue will require concerted and collaborative efforts among the various and local government agencies and private sector.'
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The National Observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held in Statuary Hall in Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
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While there are multiple sources indicating that religion and spirituality are important to clients and can improve health outcomes and quality of life, the occupational therapy literature offers little evidence of the use or inclusion of religious observance as a therapeutic occupation in clinical practice.
(6) The lobbying by Protestant church leaders for religious words in the Preamble, which they explained as a 'recognition' of God, was one part of a broader campaign by colonial church leaders for political status and influence, which included a focus on religious observances. In The Sectarian Strand: Religion in Australian History, Michael Hogan describes the issue of Sunday observance laws as a particularly 'symbolic issue' concerning the political influence of colonial religious leaders.
At command post Peshawar the IGP went round various sections of the post and inspected and reviewed in detail the police security steps adopted for peaceful observance of Muharram.
THE Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Iraq which resulted in the deaths of at least seven people setting up tents ahead of a major religious observance.
The Humanist Society of Scotland are seeking a judicial review of the Scottish Government's decision not to allow older pupils to opt out of religious observance at school.
Following the interment at Beth Israel Memorial Park, Waltham, memorial observance will be at the home of Jim and Andrea Baron, Tuesday until 8 pm, Wednesday 3-8 pm.