Public and religious holidays

Public and religious holidays differ from country to country, and the number of holidays is not the same anywhere. While some holidays are country-specific, others cover broader geographical areas. Some holidays like Christmas and Ramadan relate to certain religions or beliefs, while others such as Valentine's Day are newer and see increased popularity across the globe.

Number of people celebrating Ramadan worldwide
2bn
Number of domestic tourists during Spring Festival in China
415m
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Christmas

The largest religious holiday
Average estimated spend on Christmas gifts in select countries in Europe in 2019 (in euros)
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With nearly 2.4 billion practitioners, Christianity is the world's largest religion. Naturally, Christmas is considered the biggest religious event worldwide, but it is not celebrated the same way everywhere. While Christmas is still connected to traditions around food and music, consuming generally continues increasing all over the world around December.

Christmas in Europe
Christmas in the U.S.
Christmas in Latin America

Ramadan

The most sacred month
Number of people worldwide celebrating Ramadan in 2020, by region (in millions)
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Ramadan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Contrary to Christmas, which is on a set day each year, Ramadan shifts every year. The end of Ramadan is marked with Eid al Fitr - a three-day festival full of food, family, and friends.

Ramadan
Ramadan in Southeast Asia

Lunar New Year

The Chinese New Year
Number of tourist arrivals during the Chinese New Year 2021, by leading region (in million man-days)
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Also known as the Spring Festival, Lunar New Year is arguably the most important festival in China. Tourism is an industry which typically enjoys a skyrocketed growth for the long holiday, as the largest human migration in the world each year takes place around the time of the Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year

Valentine's Day

A growing holiday
Will you celebrate Valentine's Day this year?
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While Valentine's Day is not a public holiday in any country, it is recognized as an important romantic and commercial holiday in a growing number of countries around the world. Although traditions differ, Valentine's Day commonly celebrates romantic love.

Valentine's Day in the U.S.
Valentine's Day in Italy
Valentine's Day in the Netherlands

Industry Definition

The public and religious holidays category offers data on various important holidays worldwide and in specific countries. Within this category, Statista provides information about religious holidays such as Christmas, Ramadan, and Lunar New Year. Additionally, data on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and Halloween is also covered.

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