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Public and national holidays - synonyms or related words



April 25th, a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand that honours ANZACs

Australia Day


a public holiday in Australia that celebrates the day when British people first arrived to live there permanently. It takes place on the first Monday after 26 January every year.

bank holiday


British a public holiday when shops, businesses, and banks are closed. The American word is national holiday.



a day or period when there is a public holiday, often to celebrate a religious event

the Fourth of July

a US holiday celebrated every 4th July to mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is traditionally celebrated with fireworks. It is also called Independence Day.



a day that is a celebration of something special, on which you do not have to work or go to school

Independence Day

in the US, the 4th of July, a national holiday to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Labor Day


in the US, the first Monday in September, when there is a public holiday in honour of working people

May Day


1st May, when people traditionally celebrated the beginning of spring. Many countries have a public holiday on or near this date, in honour of working people.

national holiday


a holiday when most businesses in a country close

New Year’s Day


1st January, the first day of the year, usually celebrated as a public holiday

Presidents’ Day

a public holiday in the US on the third Monday of February, when people remember the birthdays of presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington

public holiday


a bank holiday



a period of time during the year that includes a day that is traditionally a holiday



in the US, the fourth Thursday in November, and in Canada, the second Monday in October, when families have a special meal, traditionally to celebrate all the things that they are grateful for



in the US, the holiday period of four or five days that includes this day

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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