Category Archives: Holidays

Win A Luxury Holiday In The Maldives



We’re giving you the chance to win a dream holiday in the Maldives to celebrate the launch of A Song For Tomorrow by the fab Alice Peterson.

One lucky winner will win seven nights of pure luxury in a beachfront pool villa for them and a friend, including flights and full board accommodation.

It’s the most fabulous Books and the City prize to date – check out the full prize details below:

• A seven night stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a Beachfront Pool villa for two people
• Full board basis, incl. soft drinks, excl. alcohol
• Return transfers from Male to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
• Two return economy flights from London to Male up to a value of £700 per person

Are you ready for some serious R&R? Find out more about the luxury resort on the Banyan Tree website.


Win A Holiday For 2 To LAS VEGAS!

MGM Grand Las Vegas

We believe Blackpool is the Vegas of the North so we want to give one lucky couple the chance to compare for themselves. On top of the holiday, you will also receive Viva VIP treatment with an invitation to join us here in Blackpool whenever you need a dose of fabulous entertainment.

MGM Grand Las Vegas

You will be staying at the flamboyant MGM Grand which doesn’t call itself grand lightly. Located on the famous Vegas Strip, from the 45ft, bronze lion statue and the 6.6-acre swimming pool area to the four 30-storey towers and 5,000 bedrooms, this hotel is grand in every way.

Like at Viva, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with an incredible array of international cuisine. Also like Viva, the MGM Grand is famous for its spectacular shows. Cirque du Soleil’s, KÀ appears at the MGM Grand alongside world renowned entertainers such as David Copperfield or if you fancy a flutter, the MGM Grand has one of the largest casinos in Vegas.

The holiday includes round trip flights, double room and transfers.

For a chance for you and your guest to win this holiday to Las Vegas simply answer the question and complete the form below and click to enter.

This competition closes midnight 31st March 2017 and the winner will be notified within 14 days

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We’re delighted to be giving one lucky Ricola fan the chance to win an unforgettable holiday to Switzerland worth £1,300, plus a year’s supply of Ricola sweets!


Did you know ‘Chrüterchraft’ is the name given to the magic blend of thirteen Swiss herbs, including Speedwell, Lady’s Mantle, Cowslip and Thyme, which are present in every single Ricola sweet? We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win £100 for each of the Ricola herbs – that’s £1,300 worth of holiday vouchers!

From a relaxing stay in the breath-taking Swiss Alps to a culture-filled city break in Zurich; discover the beautiful sights of Switzerland with this amazing prize.

Upon their return, the winner will receive a year’s supply of Switzerland’s famous Ricola herbal sweets which come in several tempting flavours such as Tasty Cranberry, Refreshing LemonMint, Delicious Elderflower, Scrumptious OrangeMint, Luxurious Liquorice, The Original and the newest addition, Fresh Mountain Mint. All, of course, containing Ricola’s secret blend of 13 herbs. Plus, the winner will also receive a backpack from Swiss mountaineering and trekking equipment specialists, Mammut.

All you need to do is answer one simple question…


Holidays Calendar for August 3, 2016

Freedom Day in Equatorial Guinea

One of the public holidays of Equatorial Guinea falls on August 3. This is Freedom Day, that is also known as Armed Forces Day. It’s annually celebrated on the anniversary of military revolt in 1979.

Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau annually observes the public holiday of Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti on August 3. This memorial day commemorates the victims of the Pidjiguiti massacre in 1959.

Independence Day in Niger

Niger annually celebratesIndependence Day on August 3. This public holiday marks the day, when Niger gained independence from France in 1960.

Flag Day in Venezuela

Many countries around the world celebrate Flag Day on a date, that is specific for every nation. For instance, Venezuela observes this holiday on August 3.

Arbor Day in Niger

Niger is one of many countries facing environmental problems and soil erosion. Planting trees helps stop desertification, that is why Arbor Dayis celebrated in Niger. The trees planting events are annually organized on August 3.

National Watermelon Day

August 3 is National Watermelon Day. This is the perfect occasion to go on a picnic or throw a pool party and indulge yourself with sweet and tasty summer fruit.

Holidays Calendar for August 2, 2016

Our Lady of the Angels Day in Costa Rica

Our Lady of the Angels Day is a public holiday in Costa Rica celebrated on August 2. It is the feast day of Virgen de los Angeles (the Virgin of the Angels or Our Lady of the Angels), the patron saint of Costa Rica.

Republic Day (Ilinden) in Macedonia

August 2 is a major public and religious holiday in the Republic of Macedonia. It is known as Republic Day or Ilinden(the feast of Saint Elija). The holiday commemorates two important events in the country’s history.

Carnival Tuesday in Antigua and Barbuda

Carnival Tuesday is one of the public holiday in Antigua and Barbuda. This is the second day of the traditional Carnival and, as well as August Monday, it’s one of the most important holidays on the islands.

Day of Airborne Forces

On August 2, some former Soviet Republics celebrate Day of Airborne Forces. Such a date was chosen to commemorate the first parachute jump of the Soviet Airborne Troops that took place on August 2, 1930 in the Moscow Military District.

Day of Azerbaijani Cinema

Day of Azerbaijani Cinema is celebrated in August 2. This holiday was established by President Heydar Aliyev in 2000. The date of August 2 was chosen to commemorate the first public film screening in Azerbaijan that took place in 1898.

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is celebrated every year on August 2. An ice cream sandwich is indeed a perfect treat for a hot August day.

National Night Out in the USA

National Night Out is a special event that is held in the USA every year on the first Tuesday in August. This event was started in 1984 in order to make communities safer.

Holidays Calendar for August 1, 2016

Civic Holiday in Canada

The first Monday in August is Civic Holiday in most Canadian provinces. This holiday is known under different names in many provinces and municipalities.

Army Day in China

The People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China was founded on August 1, 1927. This day is an important holiday for the Chinese, that is known in the country as Army Day.

Warsaw Uprising Memorial Day in Poland

Warsaw Uprising Memorial Day is a new national holiday, that is observed in Poland since 2010. This day commemorates the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising, that began on August 1, 1944.

National Day in Switzerland

National Day in Switzerland is celebrated annually on August 1. This is the only one federal holiday, and it was created to commemorated the anniversary of foundation of Switzerland.

Labor Day in Samoa

Labor Day is one of the public holidays in Samoa. It’s annually observed on the first Monday in August.

Emancipation Day

Many countries, that are former colonies, celebrate Emancipation Dayon August 1. This public holiday celebrates the day, when slavery was abolished in 1833.

Independence Day in Benin

Independence Day is the major national day in Benin. It annually falls on August 1 to celebrate the day, when Benin gained independence from France in 1960.

Parents' Day in DR Congo

Parents’ Day, that annually falls on August 1, is one of the public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Unlike other counties, DR Congo doesn’t celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day as separate holidays, but has one holiday, that is dedicated to both parents.

Emancipation Day (August Monday)

Emancipation Day is a common holiday for the former colonies of Great Britain and Guyana. This day is celebrated on the first Monday in August. At some point the holiday became the first day of the traditional Carnival and adopted the name of August Monday.

Farmers' Day in Zambia

People across Zambia celebrateFarmers’ Day on the first Monday in August. Zambians depend on farming very much, that is why this holiday praises their work.

National Childrens' Day in Tuvalu

The first Monday in August is National Childrens’ Day in Tuvalu. This public holiday is called in Tuvalu Aso Tamaliki.

Youth Day in Kiribati

Youth Day is a public holiday in Kiribati. Celebration of this holiday is aimed to promote healthy lifestyle among youth and children of Kiribati.

Commerce Day in Iceland

Iceland annually celebratesCommerce Day on the first Monday in August. This holiday appeared in 1894, and the first observation took place in Reykjavik.

Day of the Rear Services of the Armed Forces in Russia

Day of the Rear Services of the Armed Forces is one of the professional holidays of Russian military and civilian personnel. This holiday is annually observed on August 1.

Armed Forces Day in Lebanon

Lebanese servicemen annually observe their professional holiday,Armed Forces Day, on August 1. This date is considered to be the birthday of the Lebanese Armed Forces in 1945.

Day of Azerbaijani Language and Alphabet

President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliev established a new cultural observance, known as Day of Azerbaijani Language and Alphabet in 2001. This holiday is celebrated annually on August 1.

Memorial Day for the Victims of World War I in Russia

August 1 is Memorial Day for the Victims of World War I in Russia. This memorial day was established by Presidential Decree in 2012, and first celebration took place on August 1, 2013.

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 1 is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day in the United States. This food holiday celebrates a delicious summer dessert.


Lughnasadh was one of the most important festivals for Celts. Many other names stand for the name of this festival – Lughnasa, Lúnasa, Lùnastal and Luanistyn, but they mean the same. This summer festival is still observed in Ireland.

World Scout Scarf Day

Scouts have several holidays, that help them promote scouting in different countries around the world. World Scout Scarf Day is one of these holidays, that is annually celebrated on August 1.

Holidays Calendar for July 31, 2016

Martyrdom of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq in Iran

Martyrdom of imam Ja’far al-Sadiqis an important religious and public holiday in Iran. It is celebrated on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Shawwal. Al-Sadiq is the last person to be recognized as an imam by all Shiite sects.

Feast Day of Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 is Feast Day of Ignatius of Loyola. This saint is primarily known as the founder of the Society of Jesus.

Reek Sunday in Ireland

Reek Sunday, also known as Garland Sunday, is an annual day of pilgrimage in Ireland that occurs on the last Sunday in July. On this day, pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo associated with Saint Patrick.

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is an annual holiday established by he International Ranger Federation to celebrate the contribution of park rangers to nature protection and commemorate rangers who died or were injured in the line of duty. It is celebrated on July 31.

Navy Day in Russia

Navy Day in Russia is celebrated on the last Sunday in July. This holiday originated in the Soviet Union.

Retail Employees' Day in Ukraine and Belarus

Retail Employees’ Day is an official professional holiday in Ukraine and Belarus celebrated on the last Sunday in July.

National Tree Day in Australia

Australians are concerned about the environmental situation of Australia. Many ecological observances were created to raise public awareness of environmental issues. One of these observances is National Tree Day in Australia, that is annually observed on the last Sunday in July.

Warriors' Day in Malaysia

Warriors’ Day (Hari Pahlavan) is an annual memorial day in Malaysia observed on July 31. It was established to commemorate the servicemen killed during WWI, WWII and the Malayan Emergency.

Flag Day in Hawaii

July 31 is Flag Day in Hawaii. This holiday honors the flag of Hawaii, that officially symbolizes the islands as one of the U.S. State.

National Raspberry Cake Day

July 31 is National Raspberry Cake Day. This food holiday is a good excuse to indulge yourself with a slice of delicious cake, either homemade or store-bought.

Harry Potter's Birthday

The fans of J. K. Rowling’s saga about the world of wizards annually celebrateHarry Potter’s Birthday on July 31. According to the story, invented by Rowling, the boy who lived was born on this day in 1980.

Father's Day in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, Father’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in July. Although it is not an official holiday, it is observed by many people across the country.

Holidays Calendar for July 30, 2016

Throne Day in Morocco

Throne Day, also known as Feast of the Throne, is a public holiday in Morocco that commemorates the enthronement of the incumbent monarch. Since 1999, it has been celebrated on July 30.

Martyrs' Day in South Sudan

Martyrs’ Day in South Sudan is observed on July 30. It is a public holiday and a remembrance day that commemorates the death anniversary of John Garang de Mabior who is widely considered the most influential person in the history of South Sudan.

Independence Day in Vanuatu

Independence Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Vanuatu celebrated on July 30. It commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980.

National Dance Day in the USA

National Dance Day in the United States is held on the last Saturday in July. This annual observance was created by Nigel Lythgoe, producer of the television dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance.

Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution in Cuba

July 30 is Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution in Cuba. It honors those who fell victims to the dictatorial regime of Fulgencio Batista. This particular date was chosen to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary Frank País.

National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day is celebrated across the United States on July 30. It is the perfect occasion to have a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts which comes in different varieties.

International Day of Friendship

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 30 asInternational Day of Friendship. This observance focuses on celebrating friendship between individuals, cultures, countries, and peoples as a means of building bridges between communities and inspiring peace efforts.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an official United Nations observance held on July 30. It was established in 2013 by the UN General Assembly. The observance focuses on raising awareness of human trafficking and the importance of stopping it.

Holidays Calendar for July 29, 2016

Territory Day in Wallis and Futuna

On July 29, the Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islands celebrates Territory Day. This public holiday commemorates the day that Wallis and Futuna officially became a French overseas territory in 1961.

Somers Day in Bermuda

Somers Day is annually celebrated in Bermuda on Friday before the first Monday of August. This celebration is one of the days, that are known as Cup Match, and it’s dedicated to George Somers.

Saint Olaf's Day

Saint Olaf’s Day is celebrated in some Northern European countries on July 29. It commemorates the anniversary of the death of King Olaf Haraldsson of Norway. This holiday is an official flag flying day in Norway.

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day, also referred to as Global Tiger Day, is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of the importance of tiger conservation. It was established in 2010 at the International Tiger Forum that took place in the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

System Administrator Appreciation Day

The last Friday in July is a professional holiday of all system administrators,System Administrator Appreciation Day. Although it’s an unofficial holiday, it’s getting more and more popular every year and it has many names, such as Sysadmin Day.

Schools Tree Day in Australia

Schools Tree Day is a special day, when all preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia participate in the nationwide activity of planting trees. This event is annually organized on the last Friday in July.

National Thai Language Day

National Thai Language Day is a national observance in Thailand held on July 29 each year. It is regulated by the government, but is not observed as a holiday. The observance was proclaimed in 1999.

National Anthem Day in Romania

National Anthem Day is a Romanian observance held on July 29 each year. It is not a non-working holiday, but official ceremonies are organized on the occasion.

Constitution Day in Moldova

Constitution Day in Moldova is celebrated on July 29. Unlike some other countries, the Republic of Moldova does not celebrate its Constitution Day as a public holiday, it is simply an observance.

National Lasagna Day

On July 29, cook lasagna for dinner as it is National Lasagna Day. The word “lasagna” (plural “lasagne”) refers both to a type of pasta and a dish made by interleaving lasagne sheets with layers of filling and/or sauce.

Holidays Calendar for July 28, 2016

Holidays Calendar for July 28, 2016

Ukraine and Russia have started to celebrate Baptism of Rus Dayrelatively recently. This holiday celebrates the start of Christianization of Kievan Rus in 988 and it’s annually observed on July 28.

Independence Day in Peru

Independence Day is one of the major holidays in Peru. Celebrations last for two days and nation celebrates the day, when it became independent from the Spanish Empire.

Anniversary of the Fall of Fascism in San Marino

Anniversary of the Fall of Fascismis one of the public holidays in the Republic of San Marino. This holiday is annually observed on July 28.

Emancipation Day in Bermuda

Many former colonies have a public holiday named Emancipation Day, which commemorates the abolition of slavery. In Bermuda, it is celebrated on the Thursday before the first Monday of August. It is better known as the first day of Cup Match, a two-day cricket tournament.


July 28 is A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval. This memorial day was established in 2003.

National Milk Chocolate Day

There are several informal food holidays that celebrate chocolate andNational Milk Chocolate Day is one of them. It is celebrated every year on July 28.

World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis is a disease, that is characterized by inflammation of liver. Different infections and pathologies cause hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Observation of World Hepatitis Day on July 28 is aimed to encourage prevention, diagnostics and treatment of this disease.