'Ever since Harry had come home for the summer holidays, Uncle Vernon had been treating him like a bomb that might go off at any moment.' (CS1)
'Enjoy your holidays!'
- Mafalda Hopkirk (CS2)
'But they get paid?' she said. 'They get holidays, don't they? And - and sick leave, and pensions, and everything?'
- Hermione on the Hogwarts house-elves (GF12)
'weren't going home for Christmas because they wanted to spend it alone. You know, first holiday after they were married.' (DH20)
'Well, who wouldn't want a nice little holiday after all the hard work he's been putting in?'
- "Rapier", referring to Voldemort (DH22)
In Britain, “holiday” can refer to any day or time off (as in leave from work) rather than just a vacation or official holiday. National holidays are usually called Bank Holidays, because the banks are closed.