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Holidays in America

    S. 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. Copyright 1997, Federal Way Branch, American Association of University Women.
    What do all the holidays in December have in common?
    Name a famous person from the reading and say why the person is famous. Many people decorate their houses with Christmas trees and lights and give presents to family members. It began with a New York City parade in 1882 and is now celebrated on the first Monday in September. December 12th is the holiday of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who appeared to a poor Indian in Mexico among winter flowers. He worked for change in the 1950s and 60s when many states had laws separating black and white people. Many people worked with him in the hope that the U.

    July

    The Fourth of July is a very important holiday in the U.

    December 25th is Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. On this day, we give thanks for food, our country, and our families. The date changes because it is from a calendar based on the moon, not the sun.'s birthday as a federal holiday. On this day we remember how the Indians helped the Pilgrims by teaching them how to farm and hunt.S. On the third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., people attend religious services and family gatherings like picnics. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January

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

    April

    Holidays in the spring are celebrations of the rebirth of life. Patrick's Day. could be a fair country for all people.

    May

    Mother's Day is observed in the United States in honor of mothers on the second Sunday in May.S.

    The last Monday in May is Memorial Day.S.

    June

    Flag Day on June 14th is the anniversary of the adoption of the American flag in 1777. During the 19th century, immigrants to the United States brought Halloween customs.' It is the greatest non-religious holiday on the U. Many laws were changed because of his work.S.S. Thanksgiving Day is the 4th Thursday in November and a federal holiday. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. celebrate "el cinco de mayo". We celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by representatives of the thirteen American Colonies. Because Columbus was Italian, this federal holiday is especially important to Italian-Americans but may not be celebrated in all states. Now, we remember all soldiers who died for this country. Throughout the years, the U. They also light firecrackers to chase away bad luck.S.S.

    Many people in the U. People in the U. 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. It is not a federal holiday, although many people display flags outside their homes and in their communities. would be treated fairly. Saint Valentine's Day began in Europe and has been celebrated for hundreds of years. We celebrate this day with fireworks and parades. Many people eat Mexican food and listen to Mexican Music. celebrate the Chinese New Year. In the U. The African-American holiday of Kwanzaa is the last week of December..

    March

    March 17th is St. This is a day when people remember their fathers with presents and cards. Patrick. This holiday is considered the `birthday of the United States of America.

    As you can see, we have much to celebrate in the U. In 1907, Anna Jarvis proposed a day to remember all mothers. This holiday comes from Ireland. A common symbol of Halloween is the jack-o-lantern, which is carved out of a pumpkin. This federal holiday celebrates the beginning of each New Year. sometimes spend this day watching college football games and parades. We celebrate by displaying the American flag from our homes, having parades and decorating graves with flowers and flags. Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated between March 13th and April 11th." The treat usually given is candy and tricks are rarely done.

    September

    September has one federal holiday, Labor Day. This holiday celebrates a battle won by Mexicans against the French.S. This amendment granted women the right to vote.

    August

    During the month of August there are no major holidays to celebrate. The Chinese New Year falls between January 10th and February 19th. They wear new clothes and share delicious food. and Canada.S.

    Every month of the year has something special to celebrate in the U. Many children wake up to baskets filled with candy that the "Easter Bunny" has left for them. worked to change laws so that all people in the U.S. Children hang stockings for Santa Claus (St. Today, Mother's Day is a holiday to remember mothers with cards, flowers and presents.

    In January or February many people in the U. Each federal holiday represents a day when federal employees and many other workers have a paid day off from their jobs. In some areas of the U. Many holidays are uniquely our own and many have been borrowed from other countries. 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. Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother's Day proclamation in 1870. National Grandparents Day, which honors grandparents and the love they show to their children's children, is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. This means the 5th of May in Spanish.Congress has passed laws declaring special days as official observances known as federal holidays. Easter is a Christian holiday that is celebrated on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. 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. Many people celebrate this holiday by wearing shamrocks or green clothing in honor of St. Many people also decorate the graves of their families.

    November

    November 11th is Veteran's Day. Nicholas) to fill with gifts. The third Sunday in June is Father's Day in the United States. Many families go on vacation or have picnics or go to the beach. It honors all working people in the U. Martin Luther King taught people to use peaceful demonstrations to change laws, instead of violence. They hide colored eggs for children to find. Since 1868, this federal holiday has honored the Union Civil War soldiers who died. He kept our country together during the Civil War when the Southern states wanted to form a separate country.

    December

    In December we celebrate holidays of light and hope in the dark winter. People wear 3-leaf shamrocks because St.S. In the U. in all wars. Candles are lit to represent the virtues of the African-American people. There is an eight-day Jewish holiday known as Chanukah during which candles are lit on each day. These customs have changed over the years. We are a country of many cultures and many holidays!
    Exercises
    Discussions

    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. Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation.S. People celebrate with family gatherings, picnics and sports activities. Children in costumes go from house to house saying "trick or treat. People decorate soldiers' graves.
    What day is our national birthday?
    This Essay and Discussion Questions are taken from Chapter 2 of Community Life in the USA Book 1. Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president.S.
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    Federal Way, WA 98093., there are parades on this day. This federal holiday honors the soldiers who fought in World War I and those who fought for the U. On this day, many families clean their homes of all the "old" and get ready for the New Year. Christmas is a federal holiday.

    . He was elected our first president. Father's Day was first observed in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Patrick used them to explain the Christian Trinity.

    February

    February 14th is Saint Valentine's Day.

    October

    The 2nd Monday of October is Columbus Day, celebrating the historic trip of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. 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. today, we remember friends and sweethearts with cards called valentines, flowers, chocolates or small gifts.S. October 31st is Halloween. There are some holidays we celebrate that are not federal holidays but are very popular holidays to celebrate.S
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