Questions relating to public holidays (such as New Year's Day, Independence Day, etc) in different countries

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How do I find out which holidays will disrupt my travel and by how much?

I'm sure it has happened to many of us: You travel to a country with a different culture, and suddenly, you find yourself in front of closed restaurant/shop/museum/etc doors (or, alternatively, you ...
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Bath to London on Christmas Day

Is there a way to get from Bath to London using public transport on 25th Dec? Or at least from some place near Bath? All the public transport I could find is shut on christmas Day.
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Bosnia during Easter

I'm looking to go somewhere over the Easter Break (06/04/12 -09/04/12) where I won't be affected by shops, attractions and services such as trains closing, will I be affected by such things in Bosnia ...
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Is there public transport running on NYE in Rio de Janeiro?

(A friend asked me to post this) He will be in Rio de Janeiro on NYE and wants to know if public transport will be running and if so, until how late in the night.
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How much should I fear golden week in Japan?

I am planning a vacation to Japan, and currently have two possible plans. In plan A I leave well before Golden week (on 4/24). In plan B I leave during the first weekend of golden week (4/28, on ...
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Is it worth leaving the hotel in Verona on January 1st?

January 1st is an official holiday in Italy and I wonder if there are some museums, touristic sites, shops or restaurants open on that day. I am not looking for a particular list but going to make my ...
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Singapore events and attractions open at Chinese New Year

According to Wikipedia, after Chinese New Year eve The two following days are spent with family and most of the island comes to a standstill So what tourist attractions in Singapore are open ...
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What time should we go to Times Square on New Year's eve?

We're going to be in New York over New Year's and are thinking of doing the stereotypical thing and going to Times Square. What time should we be getting there to get a decent vantage point? Does ...
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Is Stockholm's amusement park “Gröna Lund” open during the Christmas season?

I've read some quotes about the Gröna Lund being open in December (at least there is supposed to be a Christmas market there) but the official website is strangely silent. Does anyone know if the ...
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Does anything happen at Lady Bay, Sydney on New Year's Eve, or is it closed like some other beaches?

Lady Bay is a small nudist beach near Watsons Bay in Sydney Australia. I seem to recall that there's at least a partial view of the city from there. Possibly not the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney ...
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What can I expect on Thanksgiving in Canada?

This year I will be in Toronto during Thanksgiving. Will I notice at all when behaving as a tourist? Are tourist attractions closed, do shops close earlier or at different times. Is it better to ...
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Are there restrictions in public transport during Semana Santa in Spain?

I'm currently traveling in Spain on public transport. With the Easter week (Semana Santa) coming up, do I have to expect limited services on long distance buses and trains? What about local transport ...
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What is this Season's Greetings sign for in March in India?

While being driven from Dehli to Agra on March 17, 2014, I saw a number of seasons greetings signs, as shown in the following picture: What holiday is this for? Holi?
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Is Songkran worth a Thai visa extension, or can you have a similar experience in Laos?

I am traveling to Thailand and my 30 day visa ends on April 12. This site says Songkran runs from April 13 - 15 this year. It would cost $80 to extend the visa, and I can't move the date we enter ...
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Is there anywhere in the London area to experience an American-style Thanksgiving Dinner?

I'll be in London over Thanksgiving this year. I'd rather not completely miss out on the American holiday, if I can help it. Is there anywhere in London where this holiday can be celebrated? ...
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Opening hours in Maastricht for Ascension

I wanted to make a one-day trip to Maastricht tomorrow, but it's Ascension day. Are shops and cafes opened during this holiday?
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What do people do on National Anthem Day in Romania

While planning a trip, I was looking through a list of public holidays for Romania on wikipedia. I'm interested to learn about National Anthem Day ("Deșteaptă-te, române!"). According to the ...
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Should I factor in Thanksgiving rush at Atlanta airport?

I have an evening flight on thanks giving eve (27th Nov) in the evening which departs at around 9 PM. I am usually in the (any) airport an hour before any (domestic/international) flight. However, I ...
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Public transport services during Christmas period in New Zealand

I am arriving to New Zealand on 24th of December. Are there any issues with public transportation during the Christmas period that I should consider? I am especially interested in the bus timetables ...
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Stopover in Nadi, Fiji for 6 hours: Feasibility of popping into town on Easter Sunday?

I'm flying from AKL (Auckland) to HNL (Honolulu) next month. The flight stops in Fiji (Nadi) for 6.5 hours. I realise it's tight, but I have a New Zealand passport and a desire to see as much of any ...
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Is Broadway up on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day?

I am planning a week in NYC with the primary objectives of seeing several Broadway shows and being in Times Square at midnight on New Year's Eve. Will Dec 31st and Jan 1st be a normal Tuesday and ...
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How busy is New York City on New Year's Eve?

How busy are the streets in New York City on New Year's Eve? I've seen TV shows like How I Met Your Mother show it as one unyielding crush of humanity, but I was wondering whether that is actually ...
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How to avoid the the multitudes during Obon week in Japan?

We're currently planning a trip to Japan. As we realize just now, it will cover the Obon week completely. To avoid getting stuck in the multitudes we try to shift our activities cleverly. What is the ...
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Are theme parks crowded on Thanksgiving day?

Some do special offers - I believe that the Disney parks do something, and Knott's Berry Farm do special buffet dinners, but assuming this isn't happening, are the crowds light that day? (I ...
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Christmas eve advice for a backpacker thinking of flying in to Germany

I am currently in Mumbai, India but am thinking of spending the holidays in Germany. Problem is: A) I don't know anyone there B) I am thinking of flying in on christmas eve. C) I don't know how ...
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Which district to stay in while visiting these features in New York?

I'm looking to stay somewhere in New York around New Year's and I'm quite ignorant of the whole layout of the city. For starters, when I started looking Manhattan turned out to be quite a bit bigger ...
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What are the typical/traditional events taking place during Christmas and New Year's day in Tokyo?

I am looking for traditional events taking place in Tokyo during either Christmas or New Year's day. Could you make some suggestion of cultural events you can only enjoy at these particular moments? ...
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What's the typical schedule for the New Year's Eve party in Times Square

What's the typical schedule for the New Year's Eve party in Times Square? I've checked out the official website, but the schedule is really simple...I expected most animation and attractions, like ...
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Budapest - New Year's Eve [closed]

I will go to Budapest with a friend to celebrate 2014 New Years'eve and I will stay there for four days. I would like to have some information about the celebrations for the end of the year. Is it ...
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Buying Holi accessories after the event has ended

Is it possible to buy powdered colors that are used for celebrating Holi after the said event and if so, where? Same question goes for those color powder flares, color powder canons and paper hot-air ...
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List of holidays for Île-de-France weekend/holiday pass?

The Île-de-France ticket jeunes week-end is valid on Saturdays, Sundays, and other holidays. Where can one get a list of dates on which this ticket will be valid?
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Least visited National Park - Memorial Weekend, N. California

I understand that parks such as Yosemite are expected to reach a visitor peak on the upcoming memorial day weekend, and are thus best avoided if one does not enjoy hiking in a crowd. What national ...
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Where in Boston should I head on the Fourth of July? [closed]

I am flying into Boston on Monday night from Australia and I am wondering where I should head to enjoy the festive spirit. Boston was the site of the early part of the Revolutionary War, so ...
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Are shops in Slovakia open on 15. August?

I plan a day-trip to Bratislava on 15. August. In some countries (eg. Austria) on this day all shops are closed. Do you happen to know, if shops are also closed in Slovakia on 15. August? What ...
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Indian independence day greetings [closed]

What's the proper greeting for the Indian independance day? This question is motivated by the fact that we have "happy new years", "merry christmas", and "meaningful thanksgivings".
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Cheap flight USA-Taiwan for Christmas [closed]

I already watched the ticket prices for a San Francisco - Taiwan round trip (or from whatever city in the US) some monthes ago, especially for the christmas holiday, and it was already 1800 dollars at ...
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Travel into NYC on New Years Eve

Does anyone know when the traffic into NYC from the north (eg i 95) starts to get heavy on New Year's Eve? I am actually going to JFK for an evening flight via the Whitestone Bridge.
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Are Danish shops open during Midsummer's eve?

I'll arrive at Copenhagen airport in on Midsummer's eve (Friday 20. June) and need to buy a tent there. Are shops in Denmark open that day? It doesn't seem to be a national holiday, but you never ...
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New Year in Paris [closed]

I'm planning to spend New Year holidays (8 days) in Paris and looking for some interesting places/events that are not very well known to tourists, but are real gem of this city and it's way of life? ...
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Boarding station [duplicate]

I have booked a Tatkal Ticket online. Can I enter one station after the boarding station?