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Holidays in America

    In the U. Thanksgiving Day is the 4th Thursday in November and a federal holiday. August 26th is a day that is recognized and celebrated as Equality Day by individuals or groups because of the adoption of the 19th amendment to the Constitution in 1920. National Grandparents Day, which honors grandparents and the love they show to their children's children, is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. sometimes spend this day watching college football games and parades. He worked for change in the 1950s and 60s when many states had laws separating black and white people. It is not a federal holiday, although many people display flags outside their homes and in their communities. It began with a New York City parade in 1882 and is now celebrated on the first Monday in September. Patrick's Day. Some people even drink green beer!

    April

    Holidays in the spring are celebrations of the rebirth of life. They give each other red envelopes with money for good luck in the coming year. today, we remember friends and sweethearts with cards called valentines, flowers, chocolates or small gifts. Many people worked with him in the hope that the U. People decorate soldiers' graves. The third Sunday in June is Father's Day in the United States.S.S.S. celebrate the Chinese New Year. Many holidays are uniquely our own and many have been borrowed from other countries.Congress has passed laws declaring special days as official observances known as federal holidays. Many people also decorate the graves of their families. Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. The date changes because it is from a calendar based on the moon, not the sun. A common symbol of Halloween is the jack-o-lantern, which is carved out of a pumpkin. and Canada. This is a day when people remember their fathers with presents and cards. These customs have changed over the years. It honors all working people in the U. Since 1868, this federal holiday has honored the Union Civil War soldiers who died. December 12th is the holiday of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who appeared to a poor Indian in Mexico among winter flowers. Patrick. This holiday is considered the `birthday of the United States of America..
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    July

    The Fourth of July is a very important holiday in the U.S.'s birthday as a federal holiday.

    December

    In December we celebrate holidays of light and hope in the dark winter. This means the 5th of May in Spanish.

    August

    During the month of August there are no major holidays to celebrate.S.

    June

    Flag Day on June 14th is the anniversary of the adoption of the American flag in 1777.

    February

    February 14th is Saint Valentine's Day. Because Columbus was Italian, this federal holiday is especially important to Italian-Americans but may not be celebrated in all states.

    As you can see, we have much to celebrate in the U.S.' It is the greatest non-religious holiday on the U. We celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by representatives of the thirteen American Colonies. This federal holiday celebrates the beginning of each New Year. Saint Valentine's Day began in Europe and has been celebrated for hundreds of years." The treat usually given is candy and tricks are rarely done.S. Many laws were changed because of his work.

    Every month of the year has something special to celebrate in the U. The African-American holiday of Kwanzaa is the last week of December. worked to change laws so that all people in the U. In the U. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The last Monday in May is Memorial Day.S. We celebrate this day with fireworks and parades. We celebrate by displaying the American flag from our homes, having parades and decorating graves with flowers and flags., people attend religious services and family gatherings like picnics. Christmas is a federal holiday.

    . in all wars.

    December 25th is Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. People celebrate with family gatherings, picnics and sports activities.
    What day is our national birthday?
    This Essay and Discussion Questions are taken from Chapter 2 of Community Life in the USA Book 1. This holiday comes from Ireland.S. Children hang stockings for Santa Claus (St. Children in costumes go from house to house saying "trick or treat.S. People in the U. During the 19th century, immigrants to the United States brought Halloween customs. He was elected our first president.

    March

    March 17th is St. October 31st is Halloween. In 1907, Anna Jarvis proposed a day to remember all mothers. could be a fair country for all people. Today, Mother's Day is a holiday to remember mothers with cards, flowers and presents. On this day, many families clean their homes of all the "old" and get ready for the New Year.

    January

    The first day of January is New Year's Day. Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president. Father's Day was first observed in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. There is an eight-day Jewish holiday known as Chanukah during which candles are lit on each day.S. Many people decorate their houses with Christmas trees and lights and give presents to family members.

    In January or February many people in the U. This holiday celebrates a battle won by Mexicans against the French. Copyright 1997, Federal Way Branch, American Association of University Women. We are a country of many cultures and many holidays!
    Exercises
    Discussions

    Which of these holidays do you celebrate in your home?
    Tell about a holiday from your country that we do not celebrate in the U. This amendment granted women the right to vote. The Chinese New Year falls between January 10th and February 19th. This federal holiday honors the soldiers who fought in World War I and those who fought for the U. Many families go on vacation or have picnics or go to the beach.S. They hide colored eggs for children to find. On this day we remember how the Indians helped the Pilgrims by teaching them how to farm and hunt. Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother's Day proclamation in 1870. Throughout the years, the U. He kept our country together during the Civil War when the Southern states wanted to form a separate country. Many people celebrate this holiday by wearing shamrocks or green clothing in honor of St.
    What do all the holidays in December have in common?
    Name a famous person from the reading and say why the person is famous.

    Many people in the U.

    October

    The 2nd Monday of October is Columbus Day, celebrating the historic trip of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492.S. They wear new clothes and share delicious food.

    November

    November 11th is Veteran's Day. Patrick used them to explain the Christian Trinity.S. They also light firecrackers to chase away bad luck. Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated between March 13th and April 11th. She wanted to have an international day when all mothers of the world would stand up and speak for peace, so their sons would not have to die in war. Easter is a Christian holiday that is celebrated on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. People wear 3-leaf shamrocks because St. We call George Washington "the father of our country" because he was the American general in the Revolutionary War who led us to victory against England. We celebrate Presidents' Day on the 3rd Monday of February as a federal holiday commemorating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Candles are lit to represent the virtues of the African-American people. There are some holidays we celebrate that are not federal holidays but are very popular holidays to celebrate.

    September

    September has one federal holiday, Labor Day.

    May

    Mother's Day is observed in the United States in honor of mothers on the second Sunday in May.S. Each federal holiday represents a day when federal employees and many other workers have a paid day off from their jobs. Martin Luther King taught people to use peaceful demonstrations to change laws, instead of violence. On the third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Many children wake up to baskets filled with candy that the "Easter Bunny" has left for them. Many people eat Mexican food and listen to Mexican Music., there are parades on this day.S. would be treated fairly
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