Like all the great nations, Americans like to celebrate their culture and identity. That is why you will find, apart from worldwide recognized holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day, holidays which tell stories about the United States and its history. Many holidays don’t have a fix date and are celebrated when it’s most convenient, usually combined with the weekends.
New Year’s Day is a federal holiday that marks the beginning of the new Gregorian year and the end of the Christmas season. Celebration usually starts the night before, on New Year’s Eve, when people get together and organize parties. A few seconds before midnight the countdown begins and when the clock strikes 12.00 Americans kiss and hug each other.
Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday is celebrated on the third Monday in February. It’s a legal holiday that commemorates Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays.
Valentine’s Day is a highly commercialized holiday. On February 14, couples exchange gifts and love declarations. Because of the U.S., the holiday has become popular all around the world.
Easter doesn’t have a set date and varies from one year to another. On Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and is dedicated to U.S. soldiers who have died in wars.
Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a huge holiday in the U.S. It celebrates the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and is marked all around the country with impressive parades and fireworks.
Labor Day takes place on the first Monday in September and marks the unofficial end of the summer season, in addition to celebrating workers in the U.S.
Halloween is also a popular and highly commercialized holiday which has been adopted by many countries around the world. On October 31, people get to wear costumes and children go “trick or treating” where they usually receive candies.
Veterans’ Day is celebrated on November 11, the date that marked the end of World War I, and honors veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Families get together and have large meals that usually include the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie.
Christmas is a major holiday in the United States, as it is all around the world. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, but its popularity is due to the festive atmosphere which includes decorations and gift-giving.
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