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    Red face holiday or vacation?

    hello there.
    i would love to know what's the difference between holidays & vacations.
    for instance,
    when you have a festival like christmas and you get some days off,
    is it a holiday or a vacation?

    and when you go abroad,
    is it a holiday or a vacation?

    thank you very much. x

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    Re: holiday or vacation?

    Yes, to all your questions.

    In general, holidays are marked on the calendar; vacations are given by your company. Vacations can occur during holidays; i.e., Christmas vacation. The term holiday can be used to refer to one's vacation; i.e., I'm on holiday next week. Vacation usually means to go somewhere; i.e. I'm vacationing in Miami this winter; Cf. I'm going on holiday to Miami this year.

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    Re: holiday or vacation?

    In the US, "holiday" usually only refers to an actual holiday/special occasion (like Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, etc).

    Very rarely will anyone refer to their vacation as "going on holiday." Even if you use your week off to simply sit in front of the TV and do nothing, it's still called a "vacation."


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    Re: holiday or vacation?

    thank you very much.
    so if i understood,
    the days off of the festival are called holiday
    and if i go somewhere while these days it is a vacation
    ? :)
    for instance, would i say,
    'while passover holiday i have a vacation in ireland'?
    or 'while passover vacation i have a holiday in ireland?
    :s
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    Re: holiday or vacation?

    I think in British English, being on holiday is used more. I am in the bed and breakfast business and I just had an email from someone in England today, who wrote "We will be visiting Canada on our summer holidays this year, do you have rooms available for..............." .)

    'while passover holiday i have a vacation in ireland'?

    As for that sentence, you would say "During the Passover Holiday, I will go on a vacation in/to Ireland."

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: holiday or vacation?

    yeh i prefer british english though.
    thank you very much :)
    yeh, during, forgot it is like that. :s
    x

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