Definition of holy day in US English:

holy day


  • A day on which a religious observance is held.

    • ‘Each chapter includes guidelines for special holy days and festivals, births, initiation ceremonies, funerals and mourning, and home celebrations.’
    • ‘Since Albanian Americans are members of either Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Islamic faiths, many religious festivals and holy days are observed.’
    • ‘In pagan Europe it was a festive holy day celebrating the first spring planting.’
    • ‘Friday is the Muslim holy day, observed at the center with a prayer service.’
    • ‘Most national holidays are holy days of the Christian calendar.’
    • ‘They gain merit by good acts and religious deeds that include acting properly, celebrating holy days, and taking food to the monks at the temple.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Muslim population observes Islamic holy days.’
    • ‘Yet despite the demands of business and family, Auguste regularly attended synagogue, observed all the holy days, and freely showed generosity and hospitality to the needy around her.’
    • ‘Special dishes are associated with holy days and celebrations.’
    • ‘Some religious holy days were customarily observed with village processions while others were less dramatic.’
    • ‘Every week religious Jews observe the Sabbath, the Jewish holy day, and keep its laws and customs.’
    • ‘She explained to me that they have a Mass out there for holy days and other religious occasions.’
    • ‘Friday, the holiest day for Muslims, is as well the holy day for Hindus to worship of the Mother Divine.’
    • ‘Certainly he was susceptible to the charge of not doing his share religiously, and on holy days at least walked in awe of those who did.’
    • ‘Instead, changes in the number of days worked per week, and in the observance of holy days, were largely responsible for the rise in annual hours.’
    • ‘These are not only special holy days of chanting and teachings, but happy, social occasions enjoyed in the way that Christmas or Easter is enjoyed, for example, by practising Christians.’
    • ‘For Catholics, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas are the most holy days and are observed by attending church services and spending time with the family.’
    • ‘God rested on the seventh day and declared it holy, giving rise to the observance of a holy day.’
    • ‘He went to temple on the sabbath and the high holy days.’
    • ‘The Jewish, Christian and Islamic weeks all contain seven days, each with a different holy day, and religion has preserved these cycles through until the present day.’
    public holiday, bank holiday, festival, festival day, feast day, gala day, carnival day, fete, fiesta, festivity, celebration, anniversary, jubilee
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holy day

/ˌhōlē ˈdā/