One of the most spectacular breakdowns by a tourist I have ever seen, was on the steps of the Mont St Michel. A woman on the “Trip of a lifetime” clung to the stairs wailing hysterically upon finding out that the Abbey was closed for the Labour day holiday. The only day of her visit coincided with one of the three days through the year when the Abbey is firmly fermé.
Screaming curses down on her husband, the French and presumably God she demanded that people open up the monastery. I was fortunate enough to be staying for two nights on the island so was less affected by the shut down !
On another occasion on December 25 in Australia, I was asked by an Asian tourist why he could not go shopping at any department store or supermarket. He was completely perplexed that an entire country’ss retail could shut down. yet that is the reality on Christmas Day in Australia and New Zealand. The tourist noted that in his country, religious holidays mean longer trading hours not shorter!
Before planning a trip, check the holiday schedule for that country and implications. Will the holiday bring people into the city (leading to higher hotel prices) or empty it? If you are leaving a town on the eve of a national holiday, it could mean higher air and rail prices or complete lack of availability. You may find that alcohol and or food sales are disallowed on the day or week of a particular religious festival.
Don’t ruin your plans because you missed a crucial calendar date.