American Holidays


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American Holidays

  2. 2. Shared holidays with Ukraine:  Christmas  New Years Eve  Valentine's Day  Easter
  3. 3. New Year's Day – January 1st Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – third Monday in January Groundhog Day – February 2nd Mardi Gras – day before Ash Wednesday (Feb 12th this year) Valentine's Day – February 14th President's Day – third Monday in February Saint Patrick's Day – March 17th Easter – March 31st (Sunday between March 22 and April 25) Earth Day – April 22nd Arbor Day – last Friday in April Cinco de Mayo – May 5th Mother's Day – second Sunday in May Memorial Day – last Monday in May Flag Day – June 14th Father's Day – third Sunday in June Fourth of July – July 4th ;) Labor Day – first Monday in September Columbus Day – second Monday in October Halloween – October 21st Veterans Day – November 11th Thanksgiving – fourth Tuesday in November Christmas – December 25th
  4. 4. The most celebrated holidays: New Years Eve! December 31  We watch fireworks  We drink champagne  We have parties  We watch the ball drop  We make “New Years resolutions” − I will exercise this year. − I will eat healthy food this year.
  5. 5. The most celebrated holidays: Valentines Day – February 14th     We give chocolate boxes and candy hearts We make cookies and chocolate covered strawberries for gifts Children give Valentine's cards at school We give flowers to people we love: Red roses are the most popular
  6. 6. The most celebrated holidays: St. Patrick's Day – March 17th  People must wear GREEN or they will get pinched!  The leprechaun and his pot of gold  4 leaf clovers  People have St. Patty's parties  Beer is a common drink for adults  Anything Green!
  7. 7. The most celebrated holidays: Easter  The Easter Bunny hides eggs: − “Easter egg hunt”  Dying eggs in many colors is popular  Tulips are a popular Easter flower  Children get many kinds of Easter candy  We have big family celebrations with lots of food
  8. 8. The most celebrated holidays: Independence Day – July 4th     We have big fireworks shows We enjoy picnics and barbeques There are many concerts, parades, and celebrations Some people decorate their houses or wear red, white, and blue (the colors of our flag)
  9. 9. The most celebrated holidays: Halloween – October 31st     Kids dress up in costumes and go from house to house for candy. They must say, “trick-or-treat.” Kids get many candies and make carameled apples We carve faces into pumpkins and put candles in them Scary things: haunted houses, black cats, witches, ghosts, mummies, werewolves, spiders, bats, mummies.....  We have Halloween songs, games, parties  Even adults dress up for parties.
  10. 10. HALLOWEEN 
  11. 11. The most celebrated holidays: Thanksgiving - 4rd Thursday of November     Our day of thanks – everyone must say what they are thankful for. “I am thankful for.....” We celebrate the Pilgrims who first came to America and their friendship with the native people Family celebrations with food, games, and football Thanksgiving food commonly includes: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie
  12. 12. The most celebrated holidays: Christmas – December 25th     Christmas trees are usually in every house – some are real and some are fake. People start buying trees after Thanksgiving Santa Claus / Saint Nick comes on December 24 th and puts presents under the tree or in stockings. Kids leave out milk and cookies for Santa. Popular Christmas Desserts: sugar cookies, candy canes, gingerbread cookies, fruit cake People sing Christmas songs and watch Christmas movies or shows