In Ireland, there are several public holidays in Ireland each year which commemorates a special day, religious or other event of the nation or the people. In the public holidays, the government and non – government institutions remain closed and the transport still operate but often with limited schedules. All of the public holidays in Ireland are set according to the Organization of Working Time Act 1997.
Officially known as the Republic of Iceland, the northern Europe country of Iceland observes a number of national and religious holidays to commemorate and celebrate certain events in the country. Iceland holidays 2012 are as follows:
- New Year’s Day – Sunday the 1st.
- New Year is celebrated in Ireland according to the Georgian calendar. Therefore, January 1st is the New Year’s Day. In Ireland, on the New Year’s Eve they have special dinner. They pay homage to the ones who have passed away. The intensively followed party culture is not available in Ireland but there are a few bars, pubs, blubs, and black tie balls which stays open till the early morning of the New Year. Some travel around the island, in hills or beaches. Some go out with friends and have fun and small drinks. The New Year parades take place and attract many tourists.