Holiday Type

Table 5.6. Available Holiday Types and Descriptions

Combinations of different holiday types
allCombinations of all known types
defaultDefault holiday set: federal, federallocal, obs1, weekday
countrydefault Default set depending on country [1]
obsImportant (obs1), common (obs2) and other observances (obs3)
religiousAll religious holidays: buddhism, christian, hebrew, hinduism, muslim, orthodox
National/Federal holidays and observances
federalFederal/national holidays
federallocalCommon local holidays
flagdayFlag days
localLocal holidays
local2Local observances
obs1Important observances
obs2Common observances
obs3Other observances
weekdayNormal working days [2]
Religious holidays/observances
buddhismBuddhist holidays
christianChristian holidays
hebrewHebrew holidays
hinduismHindu holidays
muslimMuslim holidays
orthodoxOrthodox holidays
Special Events
seasonsSeasons (equinoxes and solstices)
tzTime zone events – daylight savings time start and end
Worldwide Events
unUnited Nations days
worldWorldwide observations

[1] For most countries, this is the same as default. However, for some countries it makes sense to add further types – this type accounts for this case. Currently this only affects the UK: local holidays are added as well. This is to include days that are only valid in one of countries – e.g. Jan 2 is a holiday only for Scotland.

[2] In some cases, working days are declared non-working days in order to form a longer period of consecutive non-working days. In exchange, weekend days become normal working days. For example, if May 1 falls on a Thursday, workers in Russia get the day off on the Friday and have to work on the following Sunday instead. This happens e.g. in 2014 – please see the calendar for January (Jan 4, Jan 5).


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