Difference Between Religious and Non-Religious Holidays

A holiday is a special day set aside either by law or custom for public holiday wherein usual activities, particularly work or school including church, are either suspended or totally reduced. In general, such holidays are meant to let people to celebrate or remember an occasion or belief of religious or cultural importance. In most countries, it is observed as a day off from work where families and relatives get together to have fun or spend some time together. Although a holiday only means a short time out from work, the whole process of celebrating the day is meant to socialize and to let people enjoy themselves.


In most countries, the Christian holidays represent a number of important events including Christmas, New Year’s and St. Valentine’s Day. These holidays also include a number of customs that are unique to their respective countries and are therefore unique to that country. For instance, in Ireland, for the Christian holidays, it is customary to give gifts and greet loved ones with “Good Vibes” on these days. Unlike the Christmas and New Year’s festival in many other countries, on Christian holidays children are not allowed to participate in any games or sports. This tradition is observed for the reason that children are not yet old enough to participate actively in such activities.

On the other hand, the Islamic Holidays have very different customs and beliefs and do not have anything to do with the above-mentioned religion or belief. They are observed to celebrate a series of significant events such as the start of a new academic year, a national holiday, the end of a holy month, and a family feast. During such festivals, normal activities such as work or study are forbidden, so for that reason people just enjoy themselves and have a good time.

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