Don’t we all sometimes wish that every day were a holiday? No work or other needs we have to do. I suppose I should make it clear that for the purpose of this article, a “holiday” is any day that recognizes a cultural event, and not necessarily a day when businesses are closed.
The word “holiday” comes from the Old English word hāligdæg. The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days off work or school. The word derived from the notion of “Holy Day”, and gradually evolved to its current form.
Ok. So why are there so many of them? You can visit the Earth Calendar and find a holiday on just about any day in any month of the year somewhere in the world. I think it comes from a need to remember something important that happened. This can be a recurring event such as the beginning of a new year or something that happened once but we feel should be remembered for some reason. If you look at it that way, birthdays and other such events are holidays. I can live with that. No more work today, we’re having a birthday party for someone! 🙂
Although most of us consider a holiday to be a day off from work, perhaps it would be a good idea celebrate each day. Just get up each morning and find something to celebrate. Enjoy the thought all day long and see what happens. Could be fun.
I wish you all a great holiday no matter what you are celebrating.