Holidays Vocabulary
Holidays Vocabulary

You can use the following holidays vocabulary to talk about activities during the holidays such as, New Year, Eid, and Independence Day, etc. Ask your friends where they go during holidays for picnicking and what they do. The phrases and words below could be used in addition to your own vocabulary.

Holidays Vocabulary

Word/phraseFunction Meaning
Nouna special day of celebration
Nounthe annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth, held on December 25th.
Christmas presents
Nounthe gifts given or received during Christmas.
Christmas tree
Nouna real or artificial evergreen tree set up and decorated with lights and ornaments as part of Christmas celebrations.
New Year ‘s Eve
Nounthe last 10 seconds of the old year, counted off before the new year begins. This is usually done at a party or social gathering.
Trick or
Nouna request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for treats or threatening to play tricks on people.
Nounthe night of October 31st when children dress up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc., and go to houses to ask for candy.
Nounthe fourth Thursday in November in the U.S. as a legal holiday for people to be thankful for what they have. It comes from a special day in American history.
day/ July 4th
NounIndependence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Nouna Christian church festival that celebrates the return of Jesus Christ to life following his death. It is also a day that denotes the Spring and children usually go Easter egg hunting.
Easter egg
Nounegg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs (real hard-boiled ones or artificial eggs filled with or made of candy) are hidden in various places for children to find.
Labor Day
Nouna public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people.
NounA carol is a song or hymn whose words are about Christmas. To go Christmas caroling means to go from place to place singing Christmas carols.
NounA Muslim festival, marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
New Year ‘s eve
ball drop
NounOne of the most prominent New Year’s celebrations in the USA is the “ball drop” held in New York City’s Times Square. The Waterford crystal ball located on the roof of One Times Square is lowered down a pole that is 141 feet high, reaching the roof of the building one minute later to signal the start of the New Year. The Ball Drop has been held since 1907, and in recent years has averaged around a million spectators yearly.
Noun1. a small paper cylinder that is filled with an explosive and that produces a loud noise when it explodes ▪ boys setting off firecrackers. 2. a small device that explodes to make a display of light and noise — usually plural.
NounHoli is a spring festival celebrated as a festival of colors. It is a Hindu religious festival which has also become popular with people of other communities.