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American Holidays

Holidays in the USA - for Chinese audience

Alex Pyden

on 4 July 2011

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Jan Feb 一月 二月 三月 四月 五月 六月 七月 八月 九月 Mar 十月 Apr May 十一月 June 十二月 July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec New Year's Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day Independence Day Thanksgiving Christmas Carnival Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Ash Wednesday April Fools' Day Sunday after 1st full moon after Mar 20 Cinco De Mayo Mother's Day Father's Day Halloween Hanukkah Kwanzaa Jan 1 3rd Monday in Jan Feb 14 Apr 1 May 5 2nd Sunday in May 3rd Sunday in June Oct 31 4th Thursday in Nov Dec 25 Dec 26 - Jan 1 Eid-al-Fitri Easter The day before Ash Wednesday A festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras, celebrates the last day before Ash Wednesday In preparation for fasting during Lent, many people eat a lot on "Fat Tuesday". A popular dish is the traditional Polish pastry, the paczki. Comemmorates( ) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who led the Civil Rights Movement in the US, encouraging equal rights(平等的權利) for African Americans and peaceful resistance(和平抵抗) to discrimination( ). The first day of Lent, the 40 days before Easter. Christians mark their forheads with ash, to symbolize their sin, and prepare to fast during Lent. St. Patrick's Day Mar 17 Americans like to celebrate the New Year by having parties and drinking champaign. It is also common to kiss someone the moment of midnight. We also each like to make a resolution ( ) to improve some aspect of our life in the new year. For instance, "This year I will lose some weight." (今年我下定决心减肥。) Every year, there is a huge gathering in Times Square in New York. During the last minute before midnight, a large ball is dropped, counting down the remaining seconds. St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday, celebrating the Christian saint who spread Christianity in Ireland. Though it is an Irish holiday, it is a very popular in the US to drink lots of beer! People are expected to wear green clothing on St. Patrick's Day. If you don't, others may try to pinch(捏) you! To celebrate, the entire Chicago River is dyed green! On this day, it is normal to play pranks and practical jokes on your friends An important Christian holiday celebrating Jesus Christ's rising from the dead. It is traditional for families to paint chicken eggs in many colors, and then for the parents to hide the eggs for the children to search for. Parents tell the children that the eggs and candy are hidden by a rabbit called the Easter Bunny ( ). Presented by Alex Pyden Overview of a Year X-mas Dinner Celebrates a Mexican military victory. A reminder of Mexican heritage, and also an excuse to drink alcohol. A day on which children and adults pay respects to their mothers and also give them gifts. A day on which children and adults pay respects to their fathers and also give them gifts. July 4 Celebrates USA's declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776 Celebrated around the country every year with fireworks. Many Muslims in the United States celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of three-day feast. Decorations Based on ancient Irish and Scottish tradition, Halloween is a time when children dress up in scary costumes. The children go to houses in their neighborhood and ask for candy with the phrase "Trick-or-treat!" It is normal for families to make "Jack-o-lanterns" by hallowing(雕刻) out a fruit called "pumpkin"(南瓜), carving a face into it, and putting a candle inside. Normally a "crib" will be prepared at the churches to act out the birth of Jesus. Thanksgiving celebrates the time when Pilgrims first fled(逃离) from England in ships and arrived in North America. The Native American people taught the pilgrims how to grow the local food, and they worked together to prepare a fall feast. Today, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with a similar feast, mainly featuring a roasted Turkey( ). X-mas cookies "It's A Wonderful Life" Family Gathering Family Traditions Santa Claus Santa lives in North Pole. Santa's Elves make toys for children all year- long. Then Santa prepares
his list of naughty
and nice children. Next Santa packs up
all the presents and
delivers them to the
children in his sleigh. Finally, Santa climbs down the chimney to put gifts under the christmas tree. Sometimes, children leave cookies for Santa to thank him for all his hard work! Kwanzaa was first started in 1966 to pay respect to the African heritage and culture of African Americans. Nativity Play Caroling Church Traditions Some people go Christmas caroling - that is, they go to other people's homes and sing Christmas songs for them People hang mistletoes on doorways. If you stand under a mistletoe, you have to be kissed! Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday, also called "The Festival of Lights", celebrated at the end of the year. One candle is lit each day of the festival. Mistletoe Christmas Songs Jingle Bells! This four-sided top, called a dradle, is often used to play a gambling game during Hanukkah. Silent Night Santa Claus is coming to town! We wish you a merry Christmas! White Christmas But not everyone celebrates Christmas, there are some holidays going on around the same time that are celebrated by other people. Christian holiday
to celebrate the
birth of Jesus. But now, the celebration in America is not very religious anymore. Sometimes even non-Christians exchange presents to celebrate Christmas. The spirit of gift-giving has become more
important. One of the
main holidays. Holidays in America Roses - 玫瑰 Flowers St. Valentine Chocolates 意大利主教 Bishop of
Italy wanted army Roman Emporer Claudius II banned marriages NO MARRIAGE! St. Valentine did not follow the Emperor's rule.
He married couples secretly.
He gave flowers from his garden to the couples.
On Feb 14, 269 AD, he was arrested and beheaded. Valentine's Day Be My
Valentine 节 Origins
起源 V-day
Celebration Love poems/
letters V-day
Dinner A day for lovers to show their love to each other. Valentine's Day St. Valentine Thank you!
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