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All large stores will close on Christmas day because of the Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2004, which requires stores larger than a certain size to close for the day. However, you will find that most smaller independent "convenience" stores will stay open, especially in London due to the high level of multi-culturalism that exists in the city - non-Christians ...


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Easter is a time where families visit their extended families, where you take the kids outside, or for short trips. Historically it is one of the highest bank holidays and protected by special laws. Shops In general, places that sell stuff will be closed on Friday, Sunday and Monday for the Easter weekend. That includes supermarkets, department stores, ...


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This is the Chinese character for "Good Fortune" 福. January 28 was the Chinese (Lunar) New Year.


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You said in chat that the colleagues you want to give gifts to report to you as their senior. I live in South-India. I asked a Hindu friend about this. He lives in Bangalore, Karnataka and is retired. His career was in the financial sector in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The business culture is very similar between those cities. He says that it's quite ...


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Large Shops Must Close on Easter Sunday The 1994 Sunday Trading Act allows small shops, i.e. those with a surface area less than or equal to 280 square metres, to open for trade any day they want. Large shops, i.e. those with a surface area of more than 280 square metres, must close on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Some exemptions exist: Exemptions ...


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Just to give you an idea of how empty London is on Christmas morning: One Christmas morning, decades ago, about 10am, I quietly lay down for a couple of minutes in the middle of the junction between Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, just because I could. This was before the Crossrail project, so it was still a 4-way junction with an exit going down ...


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Diwali gift suggestions from the Society for the Confluence of Festival of India (SCFI) Sweets No festive season is said to be complete without relishing your taste buds with delicious gulab jamun, soan papdi, rasgulla, barfi. The perfect treat for all gourmets, you can present sweets in case you are not able to decide on anything else. Dry Fruits ...


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My normal suggestion for the New Year's Eve fireworks is to book a river facing room at the Tower Hotel and watch the show from a higher vantage point with an unobstructed view. It's preferred because it's (a) inside; and (b) relaxed; and (c) has a mini-bar; and (d) safe. Secondarily, the same hotel has a roof-top bar and a restaurant/bar on the second ...


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Probably not. I checked National Rail, every coach company I could think of (National Express, Megabus, etc). There aren't even any direct flights available from Bristol. The only thing that I could find, and that is if you are really desperate, is flying Bristol - London via Amsterdam with KLM for around £200. The only problem then is to get to Bath. ...


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No, Tokyo is not a disaster area during golden week. However, flights out of Tokyo may well be more expensive, crowded, or already sold out on the first weekend, and queues may be longer. Another factor is that on the national holidays, some (not all) stores will be closed down, as will be banks (and that includes ATMs in most cases). Possibly also some ...


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Try one of the following sites: TimeAndDate. pick up a country and a year, it will list all holidays for the chosen country. Very nice! Holiday Calendar it gives you holidays in different countries. Wikitravel provides holidays information for each country.


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Yes, these were for the Indian festival 'Holi', the festival of colours. It is the one of the most important festival in India and is celebrated by playing with colours (people put variuos colours on each other, it is fun). Coincidently, March 17, 2014, your travel day was the day Holi fell in 2014 (The Indian festivals are mostly dependent on lunar calendar,...


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Best Diwali gift ideas for employees: 1 First and most appropriate gift for the festive season is a dry fruits gift box for Diwali. So you can choose from wide varieties of Diwali gift packs. 2 Say a Happy Diwali with a greeting card and some diyas or floor rangolis. 3 It can be some crockery or lamps or lanterns. 4 Traditional Indian sweets could also ...


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I visited Paris for the second time during easter last year, it was generally slightly more crowded than the first time I went (November 2016) but this could have been down to other reasons such as the weather. The Eiffel Tower is actually open longer on holidays like Easter, extending their opening times to midnight. Source And the Louvre only alters ...


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I'm Brazilian and I live in Rio, and I can tell you from first-hand experience. Buses do work on New Year, but if you plan on taking a bus to either go to the most crowded spots, or to leave from them after the fireworks, keep in mind it will be slow. Painfully slow. Anyone going to Copacabana beach after 5~6pm of Dec. 31 will experience traffic jams and ...


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OK, December 31st is not a public holiday in Brazil but January 1st is. The Wikipedia article on Rio de Janeiro states in the public transport section that buses run 24 hours, but the metro runs a Sunday service on public holidays (new years day happens to be a Sunday next year anyway) Rest of week metro service: 5am - 12am Sunday metro service: 7am - 11pm ...


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Several restaurants offer Thanksgiving Dinners, with prices ranging from roughly £20 to £130. Some can be found with brief descriptions at the links below. Timeout London: Thanksgiving Meals in London About.com UK Travel: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London METRO: Top 10 places in London to find Thanksgiving dinner


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Almost everything will be open. Some small businesses might take the opportunity to take a break. But shopping centres, etc. will certainly be open.


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The shopping malls in and around DC (and everywhere else stateside) will be in full swing starting 26 December to about close of play on 31 December. This would include Tysons Corner, and if you do not arrive early you can expect to have to use fringe parking. Shops at Tysons will be open from 10AM to 9:30PM, 1000 to 2130. You will also be able to take ...


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We did not have any issues getting on board. We arrived to take a ferry to Gozo on 28th around 10:00 and had to wait around 1.5 hours. On the way back on 31st we had to wait around 1 hour. However, as far as we heard one might experienced longer waiting times sometimes, around 3-4 hours. This may be influenced by weather conditions or technical issues on ...


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Brandenburg Gate will be horribly crowded, but so will be all clubs. If you come from Schönefeld Airport (I assume that is what you meant, IATA code is actually SXF) it might make more sense to store your luggage at Südkreuz Station (which has a direct connection to Schönefeld) because from there you can switch trains (from S45 to S2) to go to Brandenburg ...


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It was long conventional wisdom to avoid driving and to take the Metro everywhere; unfortunately, the Metro has been very unreliable, particularly on weekends, and as a local resident I can no longer endorse it in good faith. To give you an idea, Metro's current public relations campaign is literally called Back 2 Good. That doesn't make driving necessarily ...


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I haven't done a Times Square New Year's Eve in over a decade, but I'd say if you can manage changing trains at 42nd Street during rush hour, it's no great challenge. Compared to most American cities (if not, say, Mumbai), New York City is an "unyielding crush of humanity" on any ordinary day. The sidewalks are crowded, the subways are crowded, the stores ...


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Depending on where you plan to stay in Bosnia, you'll meet predominantly Christians or Muslims. Easter and Easter Monday are public holidays there so larger cities like Sarajevo or Banja Luka will have shops and monuments closed. Most of the bars, cafes and restaurants will be open and perhaps some smaller shops. But if you decide to you stay at smaller ...


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According to the German Wikipedia, the park is closed from mid-September to April and the Christmas market was discontinued in 2009. The calendar on the park's website supports this - it shows the park as open every day in August, only Thrusday to Sunday in September, and only concert events (which are held on the premises while the rest of the park is ...


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Restaurants and tourist attractions generally stay open on public holidays, because there's extra trade. As far as restaurants go, Barcelona has plenty of restaurants, so even if a few close you shouldn't have trouble. The thing you do need to be prepared for is that supermarkets will be shut, so if you run out of bottled water you'll have to pay through ...


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I wish there was more time available to write this up but just treat it as a Sunday. "Vasár- és ünnepnapokon" is the usual way to say when something is open, translates to "sundays and holidays", it's rarely separated. The law dictating employee-employer relations treats them almost the same, the exceptions won't affect you. (2012. évi I. törvény 101. § (1), ...


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Amsterdam, in fact all cities, most towns and many villages in the Netherlands, are having fireworks going all day and night, officially only till 3 AM but it is not unknown to hear them going from 27-12 to 3-1 almost continually. At midnight almost every body will fire off fireworks, there will also be a main show like in other cities in the world. ...


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