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Holidays or Vacations?

It is holiday in British English and vacation in American English. Is it true or false?

The situation is a bit more complicated:

In America:
holidays (="Holy Days"): eg. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Independence Day. Not official national holidays (although most people do not work).
vacations: breaks from work once or twice a year

In Britain:
holidays: Christmas, Easter, etc. They are official national holidays (so called bank holidays).
holidays: breaks from work once or twice a year
So the British call both type of days holidays.

And have you heard of the term staycations?

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