I'm building my own HolidayCalendar.

I want some Saturdays to be business days.

But Mathematica considers every Saturday a holiday, even for my HolidayCalendar.

For instance,

DayRange[DateObject[{2020,1,1}], DateObject[{2020,1,31}], "BusinessDay", 
  HolidayCalendar -> { "Gregorian" -> {{True&, #==1&, #==1&}}}]

gives me no Saturdays and no Sundays, of course.

Is it possible to change this behavior?


2 Answers 2


There doesn't seem to be a straightforward way to just use DayRange[], so one has to use Select[] + Complement[] with DayRange[]:

With[{d0 = DateObject[{2020, 1, 1}], d1 = DateObject[{2020, 1, 31}]}, 
     Select[Complement[DayRange[d0, d1], 
                       DayRange[d0, d1, "Holiday",
                                HolidayCalendar ->
                                {"Gregorian" -> {{True &, # == 1 &, # == 1 &}}}]],
            DayName[#] =!= Sunday &]]
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. Unfortunately, my question is how to change the default behavior of holidaycalendar. Actually, I want to use my own HolidayCalendar in many time series-related functions. Not just to get the list of business days. $\endgroup$
    – Y. Kwon
    Mar 25, 2020 at 4:31

Assuming that you want six business day (Mon - Sat) per week

businessDays[start_DateObject, end_DateObject] :=
    DayRange[start, end, #] & /@
     {Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 
      Friday, Saturday}],
   DayRange[start, end, "Holiday", 
    HolidayCalendar -> {"UnitedStates", "Default"}]]]

 DateObject[{2020, 1, 1}],
 DateObject[{2020, 1, 31}]]

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Note that Mon 20 Jan 2020 is also a US holiday.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer. But the reason I'm building my own HolidayCalendar is that I want to use it in many other builtin functions. Maybe I can make a wrapper function for every builtin functions I need. I'm just wondering if I can change the default behavior or not. $\endgroup$
    – Y. Kwon
    Mar 25, 2020 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Y.Kwon you can but it is really advised against as it could detrimentally alter other functionality. $\endgroup$ Mar 25, 2020 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @CATrevillian Do you mean that I can make Saturdays business days? In some countries or in some industries, they work on Saturday. I think it should be more flexible about the definition of holidays. $\endgroup$
    – Y. Kwon
    Mar 26, 2020 at 0:50

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