Archive for the ‘United States Holidays’ Category

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

December 3, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on January 15th.

It is a day that we recognize the contributions of African Americans in the United States.

  • It was first a holiday in 1983 by Ronald Regan.  At first some states resisted observing the holiday.  By 2000 all the states had it as a holiday.
  • The holiday is celebrated on his birthday, which changes days every year, which this year is the 18th.  It is normally on the third Monday of January
  • The holiday is celebrated around his birthday, which is January 15th.  It’s one of four US holidays honor an individual person.

New Year’s

December 3, 2009

On December 30 is New Year’s Eve, people celebrate the New Year and what they will improve for that year. New Year’s is the oldest of all holidays and was started in Babylon 4000 years ago.  People in New York celebrate the New Year with parties and big celebrations.  It was started when the first new moon after the Vernal Equinox or the first day of spring.  On New Year’s there is a parade called “The Tournament of Roses” a competition with flowers. What started in Greece about 600bc was a baby in a basket. In English we say “Happy New Year’s” in Spanish you say “Feliz Año Nuevo”.  A baby in a basket symbolizes the New Year.  In big cities there are also some fireworks.


December 3, 2009

Christmas is a very religious holiday. The date is the 25th of December. The history of Christmas is when baby Jesus was born. The three wise men came and baring gifts to give to baby Jesus. So for Christmas we celebrate by giving gifts to one another. Some of the symbols evergreen trees, lights, Santa Clause, and baby in a manger.

Date: December 25,

Symbols: Evergreen tree, presents, ornaments, baby Jesus, three wise men, reign deer, sleds, red and green lights.

What people do:  Most American family put gifts under the tree and give to each other.

History: Mary was told by an angel that she was pregnant by the lord. The angel told her to name her son Jesus. Her and Joseph went to a Bethlehem and all of the hotels were filled up and they had to stay in a barn.  Jesus was born in the barn. Jesus was placed in a manger and the three wise men came with three presents frankincense, Myrrh, and gold.

Jewish Holidays

December 3, 2009

All Jewish holidays start at sundown

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. Celebrated on the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar.

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights—Like Christmas for the Jews. Starts on the 9th day of December, for 9 days, a new candle is lit everyday.

Sukkoth is a festival for 7 days. Pilgrimage festival for the Jews, and celebrated on the 15th day of the month of October.

Passover is a festival honoring the Hebrews, on the 15th of April

St. Patrick’s Day

December 3, 2009

History of Saint Patrick’s Day – Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the Roman Catholic feast day honoring the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has also become a day to celebrate Irish nationalism and culture.

Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions – Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations include parades, the wearing of the green, enjoying Irish music, drinking green beer and eating corned beef and cabbage.

The Shamrock is the national plant of Ireland and the most recognizable symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day.

Leprechauns, the legendary Irish fairies which have become a traditional part of Saint Patrick’s Day, were originally depicted as grumpy little old men about two feet tall who earned their livelihood as shoemakers. Leprechauns were also known to possess a hidden pot of gold. (

If caught, the leprechaun could be forced, under the threat of physical violence, to take the captor to the location of the treasure. To gain the pot of gold the captor had to keep an eye on the leprechaun at all times or he would vanish. Leprechauns were famous for tricking their captors into looking away so that they could vanish and save their pot of gold. Modern culture has transformed the traditional leprechaun into the friendly version we see today.

Labor Day

December 2, 2009

Labor Day

Labor day is on the first Monday of September each year.

The history of Labor Day is in 1884. People got so mad that they were working so much that they started a protest. The person that made this holiday was Peter J. McGuire. This holiday was established in Chicago. The congress declared in 1894 that this holiday would be on the first Monday of September every year. On September 5, 1882 about 10,000 workers walked down streets to promote the first Labor Day parade. After a couple years of this happening this happened all over the United States, more and more people were parading down streets.

The symbols of Labor Day are the American Flag because they represent the men and women who work for our country

On Labor Day some towns have parades, go to the lake, celebrate that it’s close to the end of summer!! Another is also getting the day off from work or school.

Columbus Day

December 2, 2009

Columbus day is celebrated on October 12th.  It celebrates Columbus’s coming to America in 1492.  The first real Columbus Day celebration was in 1892, 400 years after.  But all along people have celebrated his coming ever since.  Columbus came on three ships called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.  Although one of them sank they returned back and claimed America for Spain.  Columbus day is not a very popular holiday in the U.S. but it is a holiday (government offices are closed) and people just remember that this is when America was discovered.

Presidents’ Day

December 2, 2009

3rd Monday of February

During the month of February the birthday of two of our greatest Presidents takes place. George Washington was born on Feb. 22nd and Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12th.

However, Washington’s birthday has been publicly celebrated since he was in office, before Abraham Lincoln was even born. Much of the debate over the name of the holiday springs from the fact that state’s can follow their own holidays how they see fit and many of them chose to also honor Lincoln, calling the celebration Presidents’ Day.

It was in 1968 that the term President’s Day came up for legal consideration in the Congress but was shot down, though the holiday was moved to fall between the two President’s birthdays. Again in the 1980’s there was a resurgence of the term with advertisers, which solidified the holiday name in American culture. Today, few Americans prefer to call the holiday Washington’s Birthday in lieu of President’s Day. (

Groundhog Day

December 2, 2009

Tuesday, February 2,

Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end.  If he sees his shadow, he returns to the burrow and there will be six more weeks of winter. The goundhog lives In Punxsutawney Pennsylvania.


December 2, 2009

Thanksgiving all started when the pilgrims came to the new world (United States). When the pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving they invited the Indians.Thanksgiving day is about giving thanks for what you have.  Thanksgiving is celebrated on November 26.

Symbols of Thanksgiving are turkeys, pilgrims, and Indians.

On the day of Thanksgiving there is a big feast, most people celebrate it with family. Most people have turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, mashed potaotoes and gravy, corn, and for dessert pumpkin pie, at the feast. There is a big Thanksgiving parade, with lots of floats of many characters. Millions of people go to the Thanksgiving parade.