XML Data Format

The XML (Extensible Markup Language) format is very common. See http://www.w3.org/XML for a complete description.

Empty fields are represented by empty tags.

All data is provided in UTF-8.


  <?xml version="1.0" ?>
      <description>New Year's Day</description>


  • locale is a combination of an ISO 639-1 language code, such as en (English), and an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code, such as US (United States), separated by a hyphen: e.g. en-US.

  • region is a subdivision of locale, for those locales that have regional holidays. Regions are represented by their respective ISO 3166-2 Country subdivision code. For example, Patriot’s Day is only observed in the en-US locale in Massachusetts (MA) and Maine (ME), so there are entries for each of those states.

  • date is provided in YYYY-MM-DD format.

  • description is text that simply describes the holiday.

  • type is a collection of single-character indicators, that describe the holiday:

    • N means national holiday, which means locale-wide.
    • R means it is a religious holiday.
    • F means the holiday date is fixed, i.e. on the same day each year.
    • V means the holiday date is variable, e.g. tied to a Monday, or the third Thursday of a month.
  • notes are provided in some cases for clarification, but are not to be used as part of the holiday description.