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Holidays and Special Days

by Dan Seagren

Posted: November 24, 2019

Hoping yours are happy!…

FYI - There are now 10 Federal Holidays; only Christmas day is related to religion.  Some state and local jurisdictions also include Good Friday and/or Easter Monday. A few other notes about holidays:

  • If a Federal holiday falls on Saturday, it is celebrated on Friday
  • If a Federal holiday falls on Sunday it is celebrated on Monday
  • Some States include Good Friday and Easter
  • Each state has designated its own public holidays
  • Celebrations and Observances
    • Some are not public but private
    • Almost every day there is a celebration or observance somewhere
    • U.S. law provides for the declaration of selected public observances by the President. These can be daily, weekly, monthly
    • Holiday can be defined as a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended, known also as a break, leave, recess, vacation but a sabbatical should be more than a break or a vacation
  • The legal Federal Holidays of 2019
    • New Year's Day January 1
    • Martin Luther King Day Feb 18
    • President's Day May 27
    • Memorial Day May 27
    • Independence Day July 4
    • Labor Day September 2
    • Columbus Day October 14
    • Veteran's Day November 1
    • Thanksgiving November 28
    • Christmas December 25
  • Here are some other Holidays, some more widely observed than others::
    • Belly Laugh Day
    • Groundhog Day
    • Earth Day
    • April Fools Day
    • Mother's Day
    • Father's Day
    • Parents Day
    • Grandparents Day
    • Sweetest Day
    • Boss's Day
    • Secretary's Day
    • Administrative Assistant's Day
    • Black Friday
    • Cyber Monday
  • Some question how we created a week of seven days but months varying from 28-31 days and who invented the forty hour week and when did paid vacations begin?
  • Now's your chance: Add a Holiday of your choice
  • Where will you spend your next vacation and when?
  • Of all Holidays or Celebrations, which one would you eliminate?

A Joyful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to one and all


Dan Seagren is an active retiree whose writings reflect his life as a Pastor, author of several books, and service as a Chaplain in a Covenant Retirement Community.

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Posted: November 24, 2019

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