Holidays and Cultural Celebrations
Religious Holidays: the original holidays. These are consecrated days or part of a religious festival. These may or may not be celebrated by people not of the origin religion, though when they are it is often in a much different form. Some things a religious holiday may celebrate:
>In honor of the birth or death of prophets
>In honor of the birth or death of divine entities or demi-gods
>In memory or honor of miracles performed
>Days declared holy by the holy scripture; days with special requirements as declared by the holy scripture
National Holidays: holidays legally recognized by the government; often non-working days for government employees, national holidays may also be a day in which non-government businesses also close. Some things a national holiday may celebrate:
>Anniversary of the founding of the kingdom/country/state/town/etc
>Anniversary of important battles, whether local or national
>Anniversary of the birth or death of leaders, previous leaders, or other important figures
>Days to honor living veterans, deceased veterans, and those currently serving the country
>Depending on the government of the land, some religious holidays may recognized as national holidays as well.
Cultural Celebrations: due to the lack of religious or national recognition, these are generally only considered celebrations rather than holidays.
>These may have started out as a religious or national holiday that lost its original intent and transformed into something completely unrelated from its source.
>These may have started out as a random idea by someone who thought it would be fun, and who convinced others to join.
>These may be celebrated in a small area, or among certain individuals in a wider area.
>>A couple of examples: an annual neighborhood barbecue could count as a holiday in that neighborhood; pi day could count as a holiday to math and pie fanatics across the world, while not being a holiday to anyone else.