And all the congregation . . . made booths, and sat under the booths: . . . And there was very great gladness (Nehemiah 8:17).
The word holiday comes down to us through generations of usage as a combination of two words, holy and day. Holiday was once holy day. As the two words gradually grew together the original significance was lost, so that what was once a holy day became instead a fun day. When a religious holiday fails to be used as such its true purpose and significance is lost. Witness Christmas and Easter as classic examples.
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