Based on the English words "holy" and "day," holidays originally represented special days of the Christian church calendar. The word has evolved in general usage to mean any special day, or even non-special day on which school or offices are closed such as Sunday.
Consectuive holidays are days without any break of working day[?]. They tend to be considered a period of good chance to go short trips, for example. In late 1990s, the Japanese government, keen to lift its government, passed a law that increases the likehood of consecutive holiday by moving holydays fixed on certain day to relative position in a month such as the second Monday. The well-known consecutive holidays in Japan is golden-weeek, roughtly lasting a whole week.
In late 20-centry, Saturday has become increasingly considered holiday as well as Sunday.
In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, a holiday is also a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation (e.g., "I'm going on holiday to Majorca next week"), like an American "vacation[?]".
Farm holiday: see Agriturismo.