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american holidays

American holidays
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Aitolkyn Kadylbek

on 14 April 2013

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MEMORIAL DAY Holidays in the USA American Holidays is an introductory survey of the historical and social background of American holidays. Indpenedence Day PRESIDENTS' DAY COLUMBUS DAY Labor Day In addition, the February 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War (1861-1865), was a holiday in most states. Until the mid-1970s, the February 22 birthday of George Washington, hero of the Revolutionary War and first president of the United States, was a national holiday This holiday, which always is observed on the first Monday of September has been a federal holiday since 1894, but was observed in some places before that day as a result of a campaign by an early organization of workers called the Knights of Labor. This holiday, on the fourth Monday of every May, is a day on which Americans honor the dead. This day commemorates Italian navigator Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World on October 12, 1492. Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. Most Americans simply call it the "Fourth of July," on which date it always falls. The holiday recalls the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In many cities the day is marked by parades of working people representing the labor unions. Originally a day on which flags and flowers were placed on graves of soldiers who died in the American Civil War, it has become a day on which the dead of all wars and all other dead are remembered the same way. This day commemorates Italian navigator Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World on October 12, 1492. Most nations of the Americas observe this holiday on October 12, but in the United States, annual observances take place on the second Monday in October. Halloween Halloween, the last day of October, has a special significance for children, who dress in funny or ghostly costumes and knock on neighborhood doors shouting "Trick or Treat!" Pirates and princesses, ghosts and witches all hold bags open to catch the candy or other goodies that the neighbors drop in. Symbols of Halloween Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. Pumpkins are also a symbol of Halloween. The pumpkin is an orange-colored squash, and orange has become the other traditional Halloween color. CHRISTMAS Christmas is a most important religious holy day for Christians, who attend special church services to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Christmas is a most important religious holy day for Christians, who attend special church services to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The decorating of homes for Christmas is very common. Most American who observe Christmas have a Christmas tree in their homes. This may be a real evergreen tree or an artificial one. In either case, the tree is decorated and trimmed with small lights and ornaments. September 5, 1882 was the first time that Labor Day was celebrated Thanks for attention!!! The main references 1)http://www.habeeb.com/USA.Holidays.html
2)http://www.usa.gov/citizens/holidays.shtml
3)http://moscow.usembassy.gov/christmas.html
4) Music by- Oren Lavie- Her morning elegance http://moscow.usembassy.gov/american-holidays.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html www.habeeb.com/USA.Holidays.html http://www.usa.gov/citizens/holidays.shtml http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/independence-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/columbus-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/columbus-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/columbus-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/columbus-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/columbus-day.html http://moscow.usembassy.gov/columbus-day.html THANKSGIVING DAY Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November, but many Americans take a day of vacation on the following Friday to make a four-day weekend, during which they may travel long distances to visit family and friends. To this day, Thanksgiving dinner almost always includes some of the foods served at the first feast:
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