A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted. Examples of types of holidays include: Official or unofficial observances of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities A general leave of absence or vacation from a regular occupation for rest or recreation A holiday can also refer to a specific trip or journey for the purposes of recreation or tourism. People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations. Vacations or holidays are often spent with friends or family. A person may take a longer break from work, such as a sabbatical, gap year, or career break.