Long weekend

A long weekend is a weekend that is at least three days long (so, a three-day weekend), due to a public holiday falling on either the Friday or Monday.

Most countries also feature many four-day weekends, in which two days adjoining the weekend are holidays. (Examples can include Easter Monday / Good Friday, and Christmas Day / Boxing Day.)

Further, in many nations, when a lone holiday occurs on a Tuesday or a Thursday, the gap between that day and the weekend may also be designated as a holiday, or set to be a movable or floating holiday, or indeed work/school may be avoided by consensus unofficially. This is typically referred to by a phrase involving "bridge" in most languages.

Four-day bridge weekends are commonplace in non-English speaking countries, but there are only a couple of examples in English-speaking countries:

In the USA, the fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving; but the adjacent Friday is made into a non-working day at some businesses. In Melbourne, Australia, the Melbourne Cup holiday is held on a Tuesday, but many people modify their work arrangements to also have the Monday off.

In Sweden a day between a weekend and a bank holiday is called "Klämdag" (Squeeze Day) and a lot of Swedes try to take a vacation day to have a long weekend.

In the United Kingdom and some other British Commonwealth countries, and in Ireland, the term is often known as a Bank Holiday weekend, since bank holidays always fall on a Monday.

The term for a four-day weekend in some Spanish-speaking countries is puente ("bridge") or simply "fin de semana largo".

This page was last edited on 23 April 2018, at 12:01.
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_weekend under CC BY-SA license.

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