a holiday observed over the whole country
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How to use public holiday in a sentence
Due to a South African public holiday on Friday, court was adjourned early and will resume on Monday, 24 March at 3:30am ET.Bullets Expert Recounts Reeva Steenkamp’s Terrifying Final Moments | Kelly Berold | March 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Calling the wedding a “happy and momentous occasion,” Prime Minister David Cameron said the event would be a public holiday.
He was condemned as a punishment to be torn to pieces by wild beasts on the first public holiday, in the great circus at Rome.The Animal Story Book | Various
This was the first public holiday ever observed at the station, for it was still very young.The Biography of a Prairie Girl | Eleanor Gates
Every public holiday also was a family affair to be observed with the rigours of the family feast.Our Philadelphia | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
And in Germany this nearly always happens in civil life; while even on a Sunday or a public holiday the mob behaves itself.Home Life in Germany | Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
The good people of Stockholm have a public holiday in honour of Bellman, a Swedish poet, who died forty years ago.