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A national holiday is a statutory holiday enacted by a country to commemorate the country itself. It is usually the anniversary of the country's independence, the signature of its constitution, or other significant event; in some cases it is the saint's day of the country's patron saint.

Some nations (in the cultural sense) have their own national holidays. In cases in which the nation is represented by a subnational government in a larger country, that government may make the holiday statutory.

Examples:

Some subnational entities also commemorate themselves with statutory holidays that do not relate to a particular feeling of nationalism.

Note: In Japan, besides National Foundation Day on February 11, which is a National Day, there is also a National Holiday (国民の休日, kokumin no kyujitsu, which translates to "Citizens' day off") on May 4, between Constitution Day on May 3 and Kodomo no hi (Children's Day) on May 5. The whole nation takes a holiday for three consecutive days, giving the term National Holiday a different meaning.

See also

als:Nationalfeiertag de:Nationalfeiertag eo:Nacia tago fr:Fête nationale fy:Nasjonale feestdei li:Nationale fiesdaag hu:Nemzeti nnep nl:Nationale feestdag ja:建国記念日 sv:Nationaldag zh:国庆日

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