Spring festival lasts for 15 days, during the festival, most people have their days off.

So may I say 'Spring Festival is a national holiday in China'? Thank you!

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    A National Holiday must be typically recognised as such. For example, the period between Christmas and New Year's Day is a time when many workers are off, but this doesn't mean they're all national holidays. – Inazuma Mar 31 '16 at 23:37
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    "A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year... French Journée de solidarité envers les personnes âgées (Day of solidarity with the elderly) is a notable exception. This holiday became a mandatory working day although the French Council of State confirmed it remains a holiday." - Source – Inazuma Mar 31 '16 at 23:39
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    On the side, "most people have days off" is the normal phrase to describe days where you don't have to work, go to school or other such activities. – user3169 Mar 31 '16 at 23:47
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    On the side, your first sentence has what is called a "comma splice". Your first comma is trying to connect two different sentences. If you want to do that, you need either a coordinating conjunction (and, or, nor, but, yet, etc.) or use a semicolon or period. I would say it as "Spring festival lasts for fifteen days. During the festival, most people have days off." – zondo Apr 1 '16 at 0:13
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    May you say that? What is holding you back? Are you wondering about the accuracy of the sentence, the punctuation, the capitalization? – zondo Apr 1 '16 at 0:21

If "Spring Festival" is the full, official name of the holiday, then your sentence (without the leading "The") is correct.

EDIT: To determine accuracy, I would search online for a list of Chinese official holidays and see if it's included. You can't go wrong that way. ;)

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  • It is like Christmas to westerners, the start of a new year and the most important festival for Chinese and some other Asian countries. I think the above sentence is incorrect. – EmmaXL Apr 1 '16 at 0:23

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