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Questions tagged [public-holidays]

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

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London on Christmas Day

I booked an overnight flight to London, arriving on Christmas morning. After I'd made the booking (see note below), I learned from a friend of a friend that a lot of the city shuts down on that day. I'...
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Small Diwali gifts, from an overseas visitor in India during the festive period?

In part due to not properly checking ahead, I've just discovered that it's Diwali this weekend. I'm currently in India on a work trip, visiting a number of people in an office here. Based on ...
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What's open over Easter in Germany?

I am planning a trip to Germany next spring, and to avoid having to use too many of my days holiday allowance from work, I'm considering going over Easter, travelling UK->Germany on Saturday 7th April,...
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How can I watch the main London new year fireworks display after ordinary tickets have sold out?

I finally got my visa yesterday and went to check for the fireworks tickets, but they're sold out. Is there any way I can still buy a ticket online? They are usually sold for £10, I'm interested in ...
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Visiting Azerbaijan during Nowruz / Novruz: what's different?

Novruz in Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Novruz Bayramı) is a traditional holiday, which celebrates the New Year, and the coming of Spring in Azerbaijan Republic and Iranian Azerbaijan. This year, it's ...
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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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Do trains in Europe run on Christmas day?

My wife and I will be in Europe (Munich, Lucerne, Vienna, Prague) from just before Christmas to just after New Year's. If I have done my research right - it looks like trains will be running all of ...
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Shops and museums openings during Easter weekend in London

Are most shops and museums open during the Easter weekend (from Good Friday to Easter Monday) in London? Is there any day during the four-day break where there is more chance of finding them open?
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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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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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What is open on All Saints Day (1 November) in Hungary?

Hungary celebrates All Saints Day as a public holiday. What will be open in terms of tourist attractions? I've been told of some specific museums which will be closed (the National Museum most ...
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When is the peak travel time during Chinese New Year?

I'm planing on traveling to Shanghai and Beijing (and maybe some cities in between) just before Chinese New Year. I've read online that it can be very hard to move around and book hotels around this ...
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What does this symbol on a door mean? (福) [closed]

I live in the Czech Republic in an area where many nationalities live. This year I noticed this strange symbol on multiple doors, although I am sure it has never been there before. What does it mean?...
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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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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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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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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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Bangkok for New Years Eve 2016/2017: Cheaper because of mourning? Less celebration because of mourning?

Many websites list Bangkok as one of the "top 10 places to celebrate New Years Eve". However for the best Bangkok New Years Eve experience, it might seem that a different year would be better, since ...
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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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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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Are shopping malls open in Washington DC and nearby areas during the holidays?

I am going to Washington DC and Virginia on the 28th of December. I will be staying for three days. Will the malls be open normally during these days? For example, Tysons Corner mall.
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What goes on in Amsterdam during New Year's Eve?

What is Amsterdam like for New Year's Eve? What events are typical in this city?
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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 avoid/...
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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 Pentecost observed in Lisbon?

Is there anything special going on in Lisbon on the day of Pentecost? My tourist guide for Portugal mentions that this day is widely celebrated in the Azores, and that in Braga penitents can be seen ...
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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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Can you easily buy bus tickets in China during Chinese New Year? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to get out of Shanghai at the beginning of Chinese New Year holiday season (21-22 January, possibly one or two days earlier). Seeing that all train tickets, including those for G ...
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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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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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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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Are most places open in Barcelona during Día de la Hispanidad?

Is it a good idea to travel to Barcelona during Día de la Hispanidad/Fiesta Nacional de España (October the 12th)? We plan to be there from 08.10 for a week, but are concerned that Fiesta can spoil ...
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Baking or cake supply store in Prague not closed at Christmas

I'll be in Prague at the end of this month (24th, 29-31 Dec) and I would like to buy some bakeware products such as Silpat silicon mat and stand mixer and cookie sheet. Is there an area popular for ...
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An authentic way to celebrate Novruz in Azerbaijan

The thing is that Novruz in İçərişəhər would be quite crowdy and touristy. We would like to see something more genuine and less official. As an example, I was inspired by this Novruz in Kyrgyzstan. I ...
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How does public transit system work in Israel on the New Year (31 Dec - 1 Jan)?

As I saw on wiki page (Public holidays in Israel), there is no holiday in Israel on 31 Dec - 1 Jan. So the public transit system should operate as usual, am I right? And some more facts to the ...
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DM in Berlin open during christmas?

Unfortunately, I could not find anything by myself, I desperately need DM at 25 December in Berlin (any place), so is there any chance I find it? http://www.in-berlin-brandenburg.com/...
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Are all attractions in Brussels/Bruges closed on May 1st holiday?

I'm going to Belgium on April/May, and wanna know if most attractions opens on May 1st Holiday. I'm planning to be in Bruges or Brussels on this day.
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Should I factor in Thanksgiving rush at Atlanta airport?

I have an evening flight on Thanksgiving (27th Nov) which departs at around 9 PM. I am usually in the (any) airport an hour before any (domestic/international) flight. However, I have never flown ...
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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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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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Where can I see fireworks in Brooklyn on July 4, 2019?

Possibilities: Brooklyn Bridge. In 2017, we went to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, but fireworks were not visible from there. So, I am asking to avoid that happening again. East River (where?) ...
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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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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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Are restaurants open during the Epiphany in Austria?

Me and my son had plans to visit Innsbruck this weekend but I completely forgot about the Epiphany. It's a Catholic country, I'm ok with stores being closed, but what about restaurants? Is it like ...
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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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How to choose when to visit Shanghai around Chinese New Year to avoid crowds and high air fares?

I'm traveling to Shanghai from New York (JFK) over the last few weeks of January, most likely during Chinese New Year. Ideally I would like to avoid crowds as well as buy flight tickets at a ...
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What is it like using Taiwan's local trains around New Years?

I'm taking a short vacation in northern Taiwan around January 1 and I want to travel about 90 minutes away from Taipei the weekend before New Years. I've had some difficulty reserving the train ...
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What should I expect when traveling in China during their Mid-August holiday?

I am trying to organize a short trip in China, probably a few days in Beijing. I found cheap tickets but the dates include the Chinese Mid-August national holiday (lunar calendar August, so from 09/...