Something that is sacred can be described as holy, like the Holy Bible. So can anything associated with God, like a holy day that is observed by attending worship ceremonies.

The adjective holy comes from the Old English word hālig and is related to the German word heilig, meaning “blessed.” There is a relationship between holy and whole, and the religious sense probably developed from keeping believers spiritually whole — and pure. A place, object, or person who has been blessed can be described as holy, meaning "associated with God."

Definitions of holy
  1. adjective
    belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
    consecrate, consecrated, dedicated
    solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
    beatified, blessed
    Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration
    worthy of worship
    consecrated, sacred, sanctified
    made, declared, or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use
    hallowed, sacred
    worthy of religious veneration
    concerned with religion or religious purposes
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    unhallowed, unholy
    not hallowed or consecrated
    profane, unconsecrated, unsanctified
    not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled
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  2. noun
    a sacred place of pilgrimage
    synonyms: holy place, sanctum
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    type of:
    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
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