Differences between British and American English: holiday
In the UK, a holiday, often called your holidays, is a period of time during which you do not go to school or work, and usually you go to a place away from home to relax: Where are you going for your holiday? American speakers call this period a vacation. In the US, holiday refers to a single day fixed by law when people do not have to go to school or work: ♦ I forgot that Monday’s a holiday. In the UK, this is usually called a bank holiday. Both American and English speakers also call this a public holiday. When American speakers say the holidays or the holiday season, they are referring to the period of time that includes Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Day: ♦ Have you got any special plans for the holidays?