Martin Luther King DayThe Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday in honor of MartinLuther King. It was established in 1983 and is celebrated on the thirdMonday of January, close to the anniversary date of King. It is one ofthree national holidays in the United States in commemoration of aperson.
• Saint Valentines Day, often simply Valentines Day, is observed onFebruary 14 each year. Today Valentines Day is celebrated in manycountries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains aworking day in all of them.•The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle ofGeoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtlylove flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion inwhich lovers expressed their love for each other by presentingflowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as"valentines").• Modern Valentines Day symbols include the heart-shapedoutline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19thcentury, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting
• Saint Patricks Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural andreligious holiday celebrated on 17 March, the anniversary of his death.It commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized ofthe patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.• The day is generally characterized by the attendance of churchservices, wearing of green attire, public parades and processions, andthe lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating, and drinking alcohol, whichis often proscribed during the rest of the season.•Saint Patricks Day is a public holiday in the Republic ofIreland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat.It is also widely celebrated by the Irish Diaspora, especially in placessuch as Great Britain, Canada, the UnitedStates, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.
Memorial Day• Memorial Day is an American federal holiday observed annually on thelast Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men andwomen who died while serving in the United States Armed ForcesFormerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American CivilWar to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died inthe Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended tohonor all Americans who have died in all wars. It typically marks the startof the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.• Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honorthose who have died in military service. Many volunteers place anAmerican flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Passover begins at sundown• Passover is a Jewishfestival. It commemorates the story of theExodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewishcalendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and iscelebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observedJewish holidays.• Together with Shavuot ("Pentecost")and Sukkot ("Tabernacles"), Passover is one of the three pilgrimagefestivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire Jewish populacehistorically made a pilgrimage to the Temple inJerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, butonly men participate in public worship.
Flag Day• On June 14, 1917, as the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force(AEF) travel to join the Allies on the battlefields of World War I inFrance, United States President Woodrow Wilson addresses thenations public on the annual celebration of Flag Day.
Patriot day• In the United States, Patriot Day and National Day of Service andRemembrance (previously Patriot Day, until September 10, 2012) occurson September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed inthe September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called thePrayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks onSeptember 11, 2001. When the new name was proposed, it receivedopposition from Massachusetts, which already had a Patriots Day.
Thanksgiving• Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in theUnited States and Canada. Several other places around the worldobserve similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday ofNovember in the United States and on the second Monday of October inCanada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and culturaltraditions, but today is celebrated in a more secular manner.•
Remembrance day• Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is amemorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end ofWorld War I to remember the members of their armed forces who havedied in the line of duty.•This day, or alternative dates, is also recognized as special days for warremembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. RemembranceDay is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of WorldWar I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour ofthe 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signedby representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or11:00 a.m.) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty ofVersailles on 28 June 1919.
• The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem ofRemembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". Thesepoppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders inWorld War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodspilled in the war.
Halloween• Halloween or Halloween (a contraction of "All Hallows Evening"), alsoknown as All Hallows Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number ofcountries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of AllHallows (or All Saints).• Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also knownas "guising"), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lightingbonfires, apple bobbing, visiting hauntedattractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
• Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, whenservants and trades people would receive gifts from their superiors oremployers, known as a "Christmas box". Today, Boxing Day is betterknown as a bank or public holiday that occurs on 26 December, or thefirst or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national orregional laws. It is observed in the United Kingdom, HongKong, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealthnations..
HanukkahHanukkah (sometimes transliterated Chanukkah) is a Jewish holidaycelebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of theJewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-lateDecember on the secular calendar.