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An episode, chapter, or special within a larger series in which the story focuses on themes and plots related to the observance of a specific holiday. This episode will most likely use one or more Holiday Tropes.

See also Christmas Special, Easter Special, and Halloween Special. Compare to Holiday Mode for videogames, in which certain holiday themed features are activated during the holidays. Contrast Out of Holiday Episode, which is this but released in a different date than the celebrated holiday.

This is a supertrope to the following tropes:

  • April Fools' Plot: Celebrated worldwide on April 1st. Expect plots with Comedy Tropes, usually good-natured pranks, but may be an opportunity to get revenge on the Jerkass.
  • Christmas Episode: Celebrated worldwide on December 25th. Expect the use of Christmas Tropes.
  • Festival Episode: Observed in Japan on various dates.
  • Founding Day: A celebration of when a country or organization was founded. Includes Independence Day, celebrated in the United States on July 4th.
  • Halloween Episode: Celebrated October 31st. Expect plots dealing with finding a costume and going trick-or-treating.
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  • Hanukkah Episode: A Jewish holiday celebrated between November and December, which lasts for 8 days and nights.
  • New Year Has Come: Celebration of the beginning of a New Year.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: A holiday of American origin that's typically celebrated in November (or October in Canada), emphasizing food, thankfulness, and often American football. Closely resembling harvest festivals found in other cultures.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: Celebrated on February 14th worldwide. Japan & South Korea have a similar holiday, White Day, celebrated on March 14th. Expect plots with Love Tropes.

Examples should only be listed if they do not fall under one of the subtropes listed above.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Episode 30b of Tamagotchi takes place on Mother's Day, with Lovelitchi taking her mother to various places to celebrate and getting distraught when something goes wrong in those places.

    Asian Animation 
  • Chhota Bheem: Indian holidays such as Holi and Diwali are celebrated in the series.
  • The Keymon Ache episode "Holi War" has the characters celebrate the Indian festival of Holi by fighting each other with Water Guns and Balloons filled with colored water.
  • Several Motu Patlu episodes have the characters celebrate the festivals of Holi and Diwali.
  • There is an episode of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf where the characters celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

    Fan Works 
  • Harvey Girls Forever Fanon:
    • In "Asiamania", the girls go to China for a Chinese New Year party.
    • "Harveyween", "Scare Bud" and "All Harvey's Eve" are the three canon Halloween episodes, but come to think of it, there are many more Halloween episodes that are fanmade.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Golden Girls episode "Mother's Day" deals with the girls reminiscing about past Mother's Days while waiting for their own children to call them.
  • Married... with Children had two episodes devoted to Labor Day:
    • "Hot Off the Grill" has Al holding a Labor Day barbecue, where Kelly inadvertently uses the ashes of Marcy's dead aunt to cook the burgers.
    • "We'll Follow the Sun" has the Bundys taking a trip for Labor Day and getting stuck in horrible traffic.
  • In a TV segment featured in one episode of Series/Teletubbies, three young siblings invite viewers to come see their mandir and watch as they celebrate Diwali just before their feast.
  • The Eerie, Indiana episode "The Lost Hour" focuses on Daylight Savings when Marshall sets his watch forward an hour despite town rules.
  • M*A*S*H has an episode where the personnel stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital celebrate Boxing Day by swapping roles.
  • Flodder: The TV series had several, including Christmas, Sinterklaas, April Fools, and New Year's Eve.
  • There are several episodes of Baal Veer where the characters celebrate Holi.

    Video Games 
  • Unusually, Ensemble Stars! has had some events themed around Easter, despite obviously not being a popular holiday in Japan. The point seems more to have an excuse to place the characters in colourful rabbit-themed outfits (but not yet, somehow, the appropriately named unit Ra*bits) than anything especially complicated. However, it didn't run for the first couple of years, and due to its proximity to many other events (being right after the very important White Day, aka Repayment Festival, and with Reminisence events often occuring not long after Repayfes, and Cherry blossom Viewing also tending to happen around Easter), it's often skipped.
  • Life Is Strange 2: Each episodes so far takes place on or around a holiday. Roads takes places on Halloween, Rules is around Christmas time, Wastelands is around the time of Valentines Day, and Faith is before Easter.

    Western Animation 
  • Abby Hatcher has an episode where the characters celebrate Chinese New Year and plan a party for Wai Po.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long has one for the Lunar New Year - slightly different from Jan 1. Talks about Chinese traditions on the day as well.
  • Chowder has the episode "Hey, Hey, It's Knishmas" which is not only a 1 for 1 expy of Christmas, but the intro in which Gazpacho explains the holiday is animated in a style paying homage to Rankin Bass claymation Christmas films.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has "Operation N.A.U.G.H.T.Y" in which Sector Z has to clear their names after being framed by The Delightful Children from Down the Lane for invading the North Pole.
  • Let's Go Luna! episode "Spring Has Not Sprung" follows the kids as they learn about the Indian festival of Holi while searching for some monkeys who have taken Andy's camera.
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan has two episodes where they celebrate Chinese holidays, one featuring Chinese New Year and another featuring the Moon Festival.
  • Phineas and Ferb had several Halloween-episodes, two Christmas episodes, and a New Years Eve episode.
  • PJ Masks: has Christmas ("Gekko Saves Christmas"), Halloween ("Halloween Tricksters") and Easter ("Easter Wolfies").
  • The Ready Jet Go! episode "Bortron Leprechaun" takes place on St. Patrick's Day.
  • Regular Show has a Daylight Savings episode called "Saving Time", where Mordecai and Rigby prank the other park attendants by setting all the clocks in the house to the wrong time. They inadvertently cause the park to leave its place on the ground and float to the time zone fitting its incorrect time because of this.
  • Rugrats is a rare example of a show with episodes for Jewish Holidays, including one for Passover and one for Hanuka.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Opposite Day", Squidward makes up the holiday Opposite Day to convince SpongeBob and Patrick to act normal, but it ultimately backfires.
  • Teen Titans Go! has a Daylight Savings episode where the Titans have to save the skipped-over hour from a farmer. Makes Just as Much Sense in Context Don't ask, we have no idea either
  • Total DramaRama: "There Are No Hoppy Endings", an Easter episode, is about the kids causing lots of chaos in the daycare center and blaming it on Hoppy, a stuffed bunny.


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