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Holiday Recurrence Rule Types

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Holiday Recurrence Rule Types

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The type of recurrence used to determine the date of a holiday is specified at the top-left of the Type panel of the Recurrence Rules tab control. Q++Studio classifies recurring holidays into the following types (hint: use the Holiday Rule Wizard if you are unsure of the type of rule to use) :


Fixed Date

Holiday rules that are based on a fixed Gregorian date, but not necessarily always occurring on the same date. An example is Christmas which is based on December 25th, but which may be moved to the following Monday in many countries, if December 25th falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

Variable Date

Holiday rules that are based on a given weekday of a given month, such as Labor Day (USA+ Canada) occuring on the first Monday of September.

Easter Based

Holiday rules that are based on a number of days/weeks before or after Easter Sunday (Western or Orthodox). For example, Good Friday would be 2 days before Easter Sunday.


Holiday rules based on the Bhutanese (lunar and solar) calendars.


Holiday rules based on the Burmese (lunar and solar) calendars.


Holiday rules based on the Hebrew calendar.


Holiday rules based on the Muslim Hijra calendar.


Holiday rules based on the Chinese (lunar and solar) calendars.


Holiday rules based on the Korean (lunar and solar) calendars.


Holiday rules based on the Vietnamese (lunar and solar) calendars.


Holiday rules based on the Persian calendar.


Holiday rules based on the 3 variants of the Zoroastrian calendar, most importantly, the Parsi calendar used in India.


Holiday rules based on the Coptic calendar (also covers Egyptian, Ethiopic and Armenian).


Holiday rules based on the Hindu (lunar and solar) calendars.

Arbitrary Dates

Holidays whose rule is too complicated or cannot be predicted (for example election day in the UK).

Range of Dates

Events that have a start and end date. Typically, this type of holiday refers to an event (trade fair, Olympics, company event, convention, ...) rather than to a holiday per se.


Holidays based on solar events such as the 4 seasons, the 2 equinoxes, the 2 solstices and the entry of the Sun into each of the 12 Zodiac signs.


These are either holidays based on lunar events that occur after a given solar event has occurred. This is used for many lunisolar calendars of southeast Asia, where holidays fall on the Nth full moon after the beginning of the solar year (as they themselves define it). These are usually yearly events. Or they are holidays based on repeating lunar events, such as Ponga days in India and Sri Lanka. Then these are usually monthly events.


From the Type recurrence options tab, you can also specify the Observance of a holiday rule (for example, is it regional, religious, starts the evening before, ...), and additional recurrence options are available on the other recurrence options tabs.

Topic 104028 updated on 03-May-2018.
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