Etymology Of Holiday
People use the word holiday casually but have never come to realize the true meaning or origin of that word. Some have gone to the extent of using the word for greetings and wishes during special occasions like Christmas or other religious festivals. The word holiday has existed for a long time, about the 16th century, and it stems from two Old English names, halig, which means holy, as well as daeg, which means day. Therefore, it is true to say that the word holiday comes from holy day. It is defined as a sacred festival for recreational activities and a day when people are free from work or toil. Ideally, people would use the word holiday for Christian greetings like happy holidays to imply happiness wishes for Christmas festivals.
Due to changes in English pronunciation and development in English wording, the old term haligdaeg changed to the current modern word ‘holiday.’ Initially, this word holiday was associated with Christian sacred days which entailed relaxation or rest, but as days moved by, people started associating the word with other secular celebration of the week. Today it is common to hear people say they are going on a holiday when in a real sense, they literally mean a time for a vacation. Despite taking up a secular meaning, the word ‘holiday’ is still being used by the Roman Catholic Church to denote special days such as Christmas, Easter, the Immaculate Conception, Feast of St. Peter or Paul, etcetera. During these holy days, Christians are required to join others in a holy mass and relax from their job in following the 3rd commandment.
In modern society, the word ‘holiday’ is now used to denote a day of any kind that is destined to celebrate a date honored for special significance regardless if it is religious or not. With such a case, the government set aside such days and honor them through special celebrations where citizens are expected to suspend normal duties like attending schools or work. To some extent, enterprises are forced to cease operation as a sign of respect and honor to the day under commemoration. There exist several types of holidays ranging from national, religious, unofficial, substitute, among others.
A national holiday is where independent states observe holidays in remembrance of happenings of significance to their history. For instance, Thanksgiving Day is commemorated in the United States of America to offer thanks and burnt offerings to bless harvests same to the coming year. Contrary, if a holiday collides with another holiday or a holiday falls on a weekend, then a substitute holiday is observed to respect the one that was lost. Unofficial holidays are days that do not recognize on the calendar but are commemorated by groups or individuals to mark an event or promote a given cause.
Holidays have become part of human survival because they help to shape the culture and religion of human beings. It is important to adhere to keep such days and observe them for you to form part of the society. Surprisingly, due to the busy schedule of human beings and the desire for more money, individuals would forfeit such days to go about their normal day-to-day activities.