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

Arbor Day


a U.S. public holiday on which people plant trees, celebrated at the end of April

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 national holiday

Canada Day

July 1, a Canadian public holiday, celebrated because on this day in 1867 Ontario united with Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia

Columbus Day

the second Monday in October, when people in the U.S. celebrate the discovery of America in 1492 by Christopher Columbus



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

the Fourth of July

a U.S. public holiday celebrated every July 4th 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 U.S., the 4th of July, a national holiday to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Labor Day


in the U.S., the first Monday in September, when there is a public holiday in honor of working people

May Day


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

national holiday


a holiday when most businesses in a country close

New Year’s Day


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

Presidents’ Day

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

public holiday


a special day when stores and businesses are closed and people do not go to work



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



in the U.S., 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 U.S., the holiday period of four or five days that includes this day

Veteran’s Day


November 11th, a holiday in the U.S. and Canada for honoring the people who have fought in a war



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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