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Holidays in America

    There is an eight-day Jewish holiday known as Chanukah during which candles are lit on each day.

    December

    In December we celebrate holidays of light and hope in the dark winter. Many laws were changed because of his work. Since 1868, this federal holiday has honored the Union Civil War soldiers who died. People in the U.S.Congress has passed laws declaring special days as official observances known as federal holidays.S.S. He was elected our first president. celebrate "el cinco de mayo". This holiday is considered the `birthday of the United States of America. Many people celebrate this holiday by wearing shamrocks or green clothing in honor of St. On July 4, 1776, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, well-known patriots, declared the independence of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. We celebrate this day with fireworks and parades. Many people worked with him in the hope that the U. Father's Day was first observed in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Nicholas) to fill with gifts. In some areas of the U. Each federal holiday represents a day when federal employees and many other workers have a paid day off from their jobs. Patrick.

    As you can see, we have much to celebrate in the U.

    June

    Flag Day on June 14th is the anniversary of the adoption of the American flag in 1777. Martin Luther King taught people to use peaceful demonstrations to change laws, instead of violence.S. Many people also decorate the graves of their families.S. Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother's Day proclamation in 1870.

    Every month of the year has something special to celebrate in the U. They also light firecrackers to chase away bad luck. This federal holiday honors the soldiers who fought in World War I and those who fought for the U.

    August

    During the month of August there are no major holidays to celebrate. This is a day when people remember their fathers with presents and cards. Christmas is a federal holiday.

    In January or February many people in the U.S. October 31st is Halloween. A common symbol of Halloween is the jack-o-lantern, which is carved out of a pumpkin.

    February

    February 14th is Saint Valentine's Day. Many children wake up to baskets filled with candy that the "Easter Bunny" has left for them. People celebrate with family gatherings, picnics and sports activities. Patrick's Day. 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. Saint Valentine's Day began in Europe and has been celebrated for hundreds of years. We celebrate Presidents' Day on the 3rd Monday of February as a federal holiday commemorating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They give each other red envelopes with money for good luck in the coming year.

    . We are a country of many cultures and many holidays!
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    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. 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.S.'s birthday as a federal holiday. On this day, many families clean their homes of all the "old" and get ready for the New Year. We celebrate by displaying the American flag from our homes, having parades and decorating graves with flowers and flags. They wear new clothes and share delicious food.

    December 25th is Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This means the 5th of May in Spanish. They hide colored eggs for children to find. and Canada.' It is the greatest non-religious holiday on the U. Today, Mother's Day is a holiday to remember mothers with cards, flowers and presents.
    What day is our national birthday?
    This Essay and Discussion Questions are taken from Chapter 2 of Community Life in the USA Book 1. He kept our country together during the Civil War when the Southern states wanted to form a separate country. Easter is a Christian holiday that is celebrated on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th.S. Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. celebrate the Chinese New Year.. in all wars.S. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The third Sunday in June is Father's Day in the United States.S. worked to change laws so that all people in the U. would be treated fairly.

    July

    The Fourth of July is a very important holiday in the U. This holiday comes from Ireland. Many people eat Mexican food and listen to Mexican Music. Thanksgiving Day is the 4th Thursday in November and a federal holiday.

    The last Monday in May is Memorial Day. On the third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1907, Anna Jarvis proposed a day to remember all mothers., people attend religious services and family gatherings like picnics. There are some holidays we celebrate that are not federal holidays but are very popular holidays to celebrate. Many holidays are uniquely our own and many have been borrowed from other countries." The treat usually given is candy and tricks are rarely done. Because Columbus was Italian, this federal holiday is especially important to Italian-Americans but may not be celebrated in all states. Many families go on vacation or have picnics or go to the beach. Throughout the years, the U. On this day, we give thanks for food, our country, and our families. National Grandparents Day, which honors grandparents and the love they show to their children's children, is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. Many people decorate their houses with Christmas trees and lights and give presents to family members. It honors all working people in the U.S. Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president. He worked for change in the 1950s and 60s when many states had laws separating black and white people. On this day we remember how the Indians helped the Pilgrims by teaching them how to farm and hunt.

    September

    September has one federal holiday, Labor Day. People decorate soldiers' graves.S.S. Copyright 1997, Federal Way Branch, American Association of University Women.S.

    March

    March 17th is St. These customs have changed over the years. The African-American holiday of Kwanzaa is the last week of December. today, we remember friends and sweethearts with cards called valentines, flowers, chocolates or small gifts.

    November

    November 11th is Veteran's Day. We celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by representatives of the thirteen American Colonies.
    What do all the holidays in December have in common?
    Name a famous person from the reading and say why the person is famous. The Chinese New Year falls between January 10th and February 19th. December 12th is the holiday of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who appeared to a poor Indian in Mexico among winter flowers. This amendment granted women the right to vote. This holiday celebrates a battle won by Mexicans against the French., there are parades on this day. In the U. This federal holiday celebrates the beginning of each New Year. People wear 3-leaf shamrocks because St. Children in costumes go from house to house saying "trick or treat. Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated between March 13th and April 11th.S. It is not a federal holiday, although many people display flags outside their homes and in their communities. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January

    The first day of January is New Year's Day. In the U. Some people even drink green beer!

    April

    Holidays in the spring are celebrations of the rebirth of life. Patrick used them to explain the Christian Trinity.

    Many people in the U.
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    May

    Mother's Day is observed in the United States in honor of mothers on the second Sunday in May. During the 19th century, immigrants to the United States brought Halloween customs.S.

    October

    The 2nd Monday of October is Columbus Day, celebrating the historic trip of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. 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
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