Public holidays in New Eiffel

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New Year's Eve celebrations in New Eiffel: a balloon is popped for every hour, counting down towards the New Year's Day (00:00).

Public holidays in the Principality of New Eiffel, a micronation that was surrounded by the United Kingdom, were largely based around New Eiffel's state religion Christianity (Calvinism), the holidays and celebrations of England, and the philosophy that observing a large number of frivolous holidays would improve the mental well-being of citizens. At the time of New Eiffel's dissolution, the micronation was observing seventeen fixed public holidays, nineteenth unofficial holidays, and a further three local holidays that were celebrated in the cities of Plitvice and Új Repülő respectively. Due to the inconvenience of important dates in New Eiffel's history aligning with other public holidays (Independence Day takes place on 31 December, New Year's Eve), New Eiffel only observed a single historical public holiday—New Eiffel Unity Day, honouring the establishment of the Principality. During fixed public holidays, most businesses and non-essential services were closed; not all public holidays in the micronation were automatically non-work days.

None of New Eiffel's successor states—Republic of New Finland, Kingdom of New Finland—observed any fixed public holidays, although the residents of both micronations observed some of the holidays that were official in the United Kingdom. After the Principality of New Temporary (later New Eiffel) was established on 11 August 2018, founder Prince Zabëlle I began pondering ideas for holidays to be observed. A Calvinist, Zabëlle I chose to observe several Christian holidays, and also thought about observing frivolous holidays based on his personal philosophy that observing a large number of frivolous holidays would improve the mental well-being of citizens. On 5 December, New Eiffel adopted its first sixteen public holidays. Several more unofficial holidays were adopted between February 2019 to January 2020, with the adopting of further holidays becoming impossible due to the crisis in New Eiffel. New Eiffel dissolved on 1 November 2020.

Fixed public holidays exclusive to New Eiffel were Movie Day (28 May), Cat's Day (3 July), New Eiffel Unity Day (11 August), Dog's Day (28 August), Workplace Day (5 October) and Celebrations Day (18 November). Unofficial public holidays exclusive to the micronation were Day Before Winter (19 March), Cardboard Day (9 April), Extrovert Day (1 May), Gamer's Day (1 June), Ambivert Day (29 August), Women's Day (6 September), Men's Day (13 September), Eat a Hotdog Day (10 October), Introvert Day (23 November) and National Art Day (2 December).

Fixed public holidays

Holiday Date Years observed Description
New Year's Day 1 January Celebrated by making New Year's resolutions.
Shrove Tuesday Moveable feast[a] Penance and consuming pancakes.
Mother's Day Fourth Sunday in Lent[b] Honours mothers and motherhood. Celebrated by treating one's mother.
Good Friday Friday immediately preceding Easter Commended by attending Church services, praying and almsgiving.
Easter Moveable feast[c] Church services, easter egg decoration and easter egg hunts.
Movie Day 28 May Celebrated by social gatherings of people watching films and the holding of film festivals.
Father’s Day Third Sunday of June. Honours fathers and fatherhood. Celebrated by treating one's father.
Cat's Day 3 July Celebrated by treating one's cat and raising awareness for cat adoption.
New Eiffel Unity Day 11 August Commemoration of the establishment of the principality. Often the Prince gave a speech.
Dog's Day 28 August Celebrated by treating one's dog and raising awareness for dog adoption.
Workplace Day 5 October Honouring workers.
Halloween 31 October Celebrated by trick or treating, consuming sweets, social gatherings, visiting graves of loved ones and praying.
Firework's Day 5 November Inspired by Guy Fawkes Night: celebrated by lighting or watching fireworks and bonfires.
Celebrations Day 18 November A general day of goodwill. Celebrated by social gatherings and feasting.
Christmas Eve 24 December Celebrated by gift giving,[d] holiday greetings, feasting, family gatherings and Midnight Mass.
Christmas Day 25 December Commemoration of the nativity of Jesus: celebrated by symbolic decorations, family outings, feasting, prayer and karaoke.
New Year's Eve 31 December Celebrated by lighting or watching fireworks, reflection, family gatherings, feasting, parting and counting down by popping balloons.

Unofficial public holidays

Date Name Remarks
14 February Valentine’s Day
17 February National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Various Ash Wednesday
19 March Day Before Winter
22 March World Water Day
9 April Cardboard Day
1 May Extrovert Day
1 June Gamers' Day
17 July World Emoji Day
16 August Mental Illness Awareness Day
19 August National Potato Day
29 August Ambivert Day
6 September Women's Day
13 September Men's Day
10 October Eat a Hotdog Day Celebrated by consuming hotdogs.
23 November Introvert Day
2 December National Art Day
27 December Second National Potato Day
31 December Independence Day

Regional holidays

Plitvice

Date Name Remarks
Regional Park Day 18 July

Új Repülő

Date Name Remarks
Anti-Alcohol Day April 12
Új Repülő Day June 1

Footnotes

  1. 47 days before Easter Sunday: the date can be between 3 February and 9 March inclusive.
  2. 21 days before Easter Sunday: the date can be between 1 March and 4 April inclusive.
  3. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on or after 21 March (a fixed approximation of the March equinox).
  4. In New Eiffel, gifts are given on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day.