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Is Easter a federal holiday?

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Easter is not considered a federal holiday. Due to separation of church and state, religious observances are not celebrated as federal holidays in the United States, with the exception of Christmas which has acquired strong secular and commercial connotations.

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Federal holidays in the United States are New Year's Day, the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. During these days, many federal offices and private businesses are closed. There are many other observances celebrated by various ethnic and religious groups, such as Rosh Hashanah, Kwanzaa and Ash Wednesday, but most federal offices operate regularly on these days.

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