New Year. - The celebration of this holiday beginsthe night before when Americans gather to wisheach other a happy and prosperous new year.
Groundhog Day (2 February) is a rural tradition which states thatif a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees hisshadow, inside and there will be six more weeks of winter.
Valentines Day (14 February) the bride andgroom often give flowers, chocolates orother objects to show their affection.Thespecial cards are exchanged loving toneunsigned or joking with his classmates.
March 17 is St. Patricks Day, one of the most popularfestivals worldwide. Its origin is in Ireland (St. Patrick is thepatron saint of Ireland).In the United States, people celebrate St. Patricks Daywearing of the color green, drinking Guinness or doing otheractivities typical of the Irish.
April 22.-Earth Day. Planting trees, making crafts at home,learn more about the environment, recycle all day,garbage disposal, sing or listen to songs from Earth, inpossession of Earth Day fair, teach othersabout theenvironment, prepare a special meal on Earth day, orride your bike instead of driving your car.
Remembrance Day. - Commemoration of the Victims ofWar.Held the last Monday in May, this day honors thefallen. Although it originated in the aftermath of the CivilWar, has become a day when the fallen of all wars ingeneral and the dead are remembered in specialprograms held in cemeteries, churches and other publicmeeting places.
What we know fondly as the “Stars andStripes” was adopted by the ContinentalCongress as the official American flag onJune 14, 1777, in the midst of theRevolutionary War.Colonial troops fought under many differentflags with various symbols and slogans—rattlesnakes, pine trees, eagles, “Don’tTread on Me,” “Liberty or Death,” and“Conquer or Die,” to name a few.The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and13 alternating red and white stripes for the13 original colonies. Now there are 50 stars,one for each state in the Union, but the 13stripes remain. Flag Day was first celebratedin 1877, on the flag’s 100th birthday.
July 4. Independence Day. - Honor the birth of thenations signature on July 4, 1776 of the Declaration ofIndependence. On this date are held picnics andpatriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks. Thewaving of the American flag is widespread (also takesplace on Memorial Day of Victims of War and otherholidays). On July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of theDeclaration of Independence was celebrated with bigfestivals nationwide.
Labor Day. - The first Monday in September,this day honors the nations workers, as usualwith shows. For most Americans, marks theend of the summer vacation season for manystudents start the school year.
Columbus Day. - The October 12, 1492, theItalian navigator Christopher Columbus landed inthe New World. Although most American nationscelebrate this day on October 12, in the UnitedStates is held the second Monday in October.
Halloween (Oct. 31) has its roots in ancientBritish autumn festivals to ward off evil spirits andcelebrate the harvest in the U.S. is a night whenchildren bring fancy clothes and go door to doorasking for candy.
Veterans Day. - Originally called Armistice Day, this day wasestablished to honor Americans who served during the First WorldWar. Held on November 11, the day when that war ended in 1918,but now honors veterans of all wars in which America hasfought. Veterans organizations hold parades and as usual thepresident lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at ArlingtonNational Cemetery, across the Potomac River in Washington, DC.
Thanksgiving Day. - Is held on the fourth Thursday inNovember. The feast of Thanksgiving Day became a nationaltradition-not only because many Americans have found prosperitybut also because even the sacrifice of the Pilgrims for theirfreedom captivates the imagination. Until today, Thanksgivingdinner almost always includes some of the foods that were servedat the first feast: turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, pumpkinpie. Before you start eating, families or friends usually pause togive thanks for what they have, including the joy of being unitedfor the occasion.
Christmas. - December 25 is another Christianholiday, marks the birth of Jesus. The housesand gardens are decorated with lights,Christmas trees are placed, there are gifts andChristmas cards are sent, they have becometraditions even for many Americans who are notChristians.
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