Holidays and festivals are special occasions celebrated in a society throughout the year for various religious or cultural reasons. These are times some prefer to spend with their friends and families, at home or travel. Accordingly, some of the popular celebrations include Christmas, Diwali, Easter, Eid, New Year’s, etc. Likewise, different countries have different ways of celebrating holidays and festivals.

To find out how people around the world prefer to spend their holidays, Real Research– an online survey app, launched a survey on how holidays around the world are celebrated. The survey highlights what survey respondents do during the holidays, and who they prefer to spend them with. Here are the survey findings.


  • 48.86% celebrate 1-2 holidays and festivals on average per year
  • 54.95% prefer to celebrate holidays in their hometown
  • 42.01% celebrate holidays as part of their religion

Majority Say ‘Yes’ to Celebrating Holidays & Festivals

The survey on how holidays around the world are celebrated asks if respondents celebrate holidays and festivals. 79.4% say ‘yes’ whereas 20.6% say ‘no’.

Respondents celebrating holidays and festivals
Fig 1: Respondents celebrating holidays and festivals

More or less, there are ten holidays around the world to celebrate. The survey then asks how many holidays respondents celebrate on average per year. 48.86% of respondents celebrate 1-2, whereas 21.79% celebrate 3-5, and 18.69% celebrate ‘more than 5’ holidays per year.

Even if holidays around the world are primarily a time for celebration, the people with whom one spends time are still vital in making the occasion memorable. Accordingly, when asked who respondents prefer to celebrate their holidays with, 38.94% say friends, whereas 25.1% say family, while 17.79% said they celebrate with both friends and family. Furthermore, 5.54% also said ‘only a few close people they know,’ and 5.5% celebrate with colleagues. However, 7.13% say they prefer to spend holidays and festivals alone.

Where Respondents Prefer to Celebrate Their Holidays

Next, the survey asks respondents where they prefer to celebrate their holidays and festivals. To this, 54.95% say their hometown, whereas 16.51% say they prefer to celebrate in a new city/country, and 14.17% say they prefer to spend their holidays on a road trip. At least 13.18% say they prefer to spend their holidays at hotels and resorts.

where they prefer to spend their holidays
Fig 2: Respondents on where they prefer to spend their holidays

Holidays around the world are observed differently, particularly in the corporate sector. Accordingly, the survey asks respondents if they get days off from work for the holidays they celebrate. 64.57% say ‘yes’ they get days off, whereas 15.04% say no, they take personal days off. While 10.56% said no, they do not get days off, a distinct 9.83% said they do not want days off for the holidays.

When asked about the preferred indoor activities respondents prefer to involve themselves in, 50.94% said to spend time with friends and family. Whereas 11.12% said to rekindle their hobbies, and 8.04% said they prefer to pick up a new hobby. A further 6.94% prefer to do nothing and just relax. Meanwhile, 5.75% prefer to get fit and active, and 6.41%prefer to go outdoors.

Reasons Respondents Celebrate Holidays

Further on, the survey asks why respondents celebrate holidays. In response, 42.01% say it is part of their religion, whereas 22.22% say it is part of their culture. Additionally, 13.52% say these are one of the only times they get to relax from school/work. Moreover, 13.51% say it builds a strong bond between friends and family. Lastly, 7.94% say they celebrate holidays to share and exhibit practices where they come from.

Fig 3: Respondents on why they celebrate holidays

The survey asks which holidays respondents celebrate, to which the majority responded Christmas (35.29%), hence, the most celebrated holiday. Following that are New Year (18.81%), Ramadan, Eid al Fitr & Eid al Adha (8.77%), Easter (6.91%), Diwali (6.78%), Hanukkah (5.975), and Valentine’s Day (5.47%).

To conclude, the survey on how holidays around the world are celebrated asks respondents if they enjoy celebrating holidays. 70.94% say ‘yes, I love holidays,’ whereas 15.22% say ‘no, I celebrate holidays out of obligation. 13.83% however, do not like holidays.


Survey TitleSurvey on How Holidays Around the World Are Celebrated
DurationJuly 23- July 30, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.