Top 10 Most Celebrated Annual Holidays In the World

Holiday is a specific trip planned for tourism or recreation purpose. It is known to be the day with specific significance for which a government, people or a religious group deemed to observe the special occasion. Generally, it is more common (official) or unofficial celebration of national, religious or cultural importance which is sometimes accompanied by festivities or celebrations.

With all the religions and whole world out there, at least one holiday is celebrated widely and most commonly. Some holidays are secular while some are religious. New Year’s Eve is definitely one of the holidays celebrated by everyone.

According to the time zone, it is celebrated almost the same day in every country, except in China, where it is celebrated in February according to the moon condition. Eid ul Fitar and Eid ul Adha in Muslims and Christmas in Christians are other two major holidays.  So, let’s take a look at other most important holidays –

10. Basant

Basant or Vasanta is among the six seasons (Ritus) followed by spring season. Basant is observed as one of the most auspicious festivals in Punjab, India. People from different parts of the country gather in Punjab to experience the purity of spring.

Vasant Panchami is celebrated with great fervor and joy. This cultural festival is celebrated vastly in India and Pakistan.

9. Spring Bank UK

In United Kingdom, Spring Bank is also called as late May Bank Holiday. It is the event when people have a day off at school or work in the United Kingdom. It is celebrated on the last Monday of the month of May. But it is usually celebrated on Monday followed by Pentecost.

This holiday is the pleasant day to stay off at school or work for most people. This way, some people may choose to take a short vacation or trip. Some people also spend this day to hang out with friends and family, walk in the country, do some maintenance work or visit garden centers. Some of the customs are also associated with the day in some regions of the UK.

8. Chinese New Year

It is one of the most important events in china and most important days in traditional Chinese holidays. Chinese New Year is also called as Spring Festival in China, the literal name of modern Chinese New Year.

The celebrations of this event traditionally start from the first day itself. It is the longest running festival in Chinese calendar. It starts from the very first day of first month till the Lantern festival on the 15th day in Chinese calendar. It is also known as the “Lunar New Year” as the Chinese calendar is lunisolar.

7. Easter

Easter is the Christian holiday and festival which celebrates the renaissance of Jesus Christ on Day 3 followed by his crucifixion in New Testament at Calvary. Easter is celebrated as the conclusion of the Passion of Christ, headed by Lent, a fasting, penance and prayer period that lasts for 40 days.

Holy Week falls on the last week of Lent and it consists of the Easter Triduum days, which commemorates Maundy Thursday (which commemorates the Last Supper and Maundy), and Good Friday (which commemorates the death and crucifixion of Jesus). Easter falls after the Eastertide period for 50 days or Easter Season, which ends with Pentecost Sunday.

6. Diwali

Diwali or Deepawali is also known as the “festival of lights”. Basically it is a Hindu festival which lasts for five days. It starts on 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha, Dhanteras, in Aswin month of Hindu calendar and concludes on Shukla Paksha’s second lunar day, Bhaubeej, in Kartik month of Hindu calendar.

Diwali falls from the mid of October to mid of November in Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated as the official holiday in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Trinidad, Guyana, Malaysia, Suriname, Fiji and Singapore. Diwali is among the most vital festivals and celebrated in households with traditional activities.

5. Eid al-Adha

Also known as Bakrid or Greater Eid, Eid al-Adha is a vital religious holiday which is celebrated by Muslims all over the world to pay tribute to the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) for the sacrifice of his first newly born son Ishmael as a submission to the command of god and acceptance of his son for being sacrificed.

But god stopped him and provided a Lamb to Abraham to sacrifice it. Eid al-Adha is celebrated on Day 10 of Dhu al-Hijjah in the lunar Islamic calendar and it lasts for four days. The dates vary in Gregorian calendar.

4. Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is a vital religious holiday which is celebrated by Muslims across the world and falls at the end of Ramadan period, the holy Islamic month of fasting. It is a one-day festival.

It marks the end of 29 or 30 days of fasting period from dawn to sunset on the whole month of Ramadan. Hence, the day of Eid is celebrated on first day of Shawwal month. On this day, Muslims define the goal of unity across the world.

3. Valentine’s Day

Everyone knows and celebrates this holiday in the world. But most of us don’t know about its origin. Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February every year and is celebrated in several countries across the world.

However, it remains working day in most countries. It is among the most celebrated holidays worldwide after New Year’s Eve. It is also the next most popular holiday where cards and flowers are gifted to the loved one.

2. Christmas

It is known to be the widely observed and annual holiday which is celebrated on 25th December every year by millions of people despite their religion and creed. It is celebrated as the birth date of Jesus. It is a happy holiday.

Jesus came to the world to save humanity from help and help people to repent and gain salvation of their soul, according to Christianity. In most of the countries, Christmas is celebrated as a civil holiday. It is celebrated by vast number of Christians and non-Christians. It is the important part of holiday season and Christmas.

1. New Year

It is certainly the most celebrated and oldest holiday. However, it was not celebrated on January 1st of every year in the past. Babylon people started celebrating New Year around 4000 years ago. It was celebrated during New Moon period.

Later on, most countries started celebrating it according to international Gregorian calendar. It is the best thing to bring the global public holiday in the world. It is also celebrated with parties and fireworks that start at the midnight with the beginning of New Year.