Monday, August 25, 2008

Holidays...


The words holiday or vacation have related meanings in different English-speaking countries and continents, but will usually refer to one of the following activities or events:
-A general leave of absence from a regular occupation for rest or recreation
-A specific trip or journey for the purposes of recreation or tourism
Official or unofficial observances of religious/national/cultural/other significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities (public/religious holiday).
A holiday or vacation trip will often be undertaken during specific holiday observances, or be made for specific festivals or celebrations. Certain religious holidays
In the United Kingdom the word "vacation" referred specifically to the long summer break taken by the law courts (and later universities)—a custom introduced by William the Conqueror from Normandy where it was intended to facilitate the grape harvest. The French term is similar to the American English: "Les Vacances." The term derives from the fact that, in the past, upper-class families would literally move to a summer home for part of the year, leaving their usual family home vacant.
Vacation is a term used in English-speaking North America to describe a lengthy time away from work or school, a trip abroad, or simply a pleasure trip away from home, such as a trip to the beach that lasts several days or longer.
In the rest of the English-speaking world the word holiday is used. Americans, especially those of recent British or European descent, may also use the word "holiday." "Annual Leave" is another expression used in Commonwealth countries.
Canadians often use the terms vacation and holiday interchangeably when referring to a trip away from home or time off work.
In Australia, the term can refer to a vacation or gazetted public holiday, but not to a day of observance such as Mothers' Day or Halloween.

in Wikipedia

1 Comments:

Anonymous Adriel said...

Vacations mean a long family travel trip to me.

8:15 am  

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