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Christmas
Christmas Day is observed on the 25th of December. It is the most colorful and merry
holiday. On Christmas Eve everything is in rush. Offices close at one o'clock but the shops
stay open late. Most cities are decorated with coloured lights and enormous Christmas
trees. In the homes people decorate Christmas trees and hang a bunch of mistletoe under
which the boys kiss the girls. They also arrange Christmas cards on shelves, tables,
mantelpieces. The housewife is busy cooking a turkey and baking Christmas cakes.
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New Year’s Day
This holiday is celebrated in all the states on January, 1. New Year's Day
has been celebrated since Roman Times, when sacrifices were given to Janus, the
two-faced Roman deity who looked back on the past and forward to the future.
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St Valentine's Day
It's celebrated on February, 14. This day is the festival of two
third-century martyrs, both named St Valentine.
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THE 8th OF MARCH
The 8th of March is the day of
international solidarity of women all over the
world.
This holiday has a long history. In 1910 the
international conference of women decided to
celebrate International Women's Day every
year.
It is a happy and nice holiday. It is a good
tradition in all country to give presents and
flowers to women on this day.
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St Patrick's Day
St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, has been honored in
America since the first days of the nation. There are many
dinners and meetings, and the parade is held on Fifth
Avenue in New York every year on St Patrick's Day.
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This holiday is observed in all Christian churches. Easter commemorates the
Resurrection of Jesus. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full
moon which occurs on the next day after March 21 and is celebrated
between March 22 and April 25 inclusive. .
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This day honors American soldiers killed in
wars. There are many parades on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day, which comes on the last Monday
in May is also the unofficial beginning of the
summer vacation season. On Memorial Day,
many people go to the beach.
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Mother's Day
This holiday is celebrated on the
second Sunday in May, as it was
proposed by Anna Jarvis of
Philadelphia in 1907.
Father's Day
It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
It was first observed on June 19, 1910.
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Independence Day
On July 4, 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from
Britain. Many families celebrate the Fourth of July by having picnics and,
at night, watching fireworks.
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This day is celebrated on the first Monday in
September in all states and territories. Labor Day
was first celebrated in New York in 1882. In
honors the American worker. Just as Memorial
Day means the beginning of summer. Labor Day
marks the end of summer. For many students, the
school year starts the day after Labor Day.
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This holiday on October 31 is not an official one, it is a
very special day. It is traditionally associated in some
countries with old customs such as telling ghost stories,
bonfires and so on. This is the way the Celts welcomed the
beginning of winter.
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This holiday is observed nationally on the fourth Tuesday
in November by Act of Congress in 1941. Most Americans
believe that the holiday dates back to the day of thanks
ordered by Governor Bradford of Plymouth Colony in New
England in 1621, but scholars say that the day of thanks is
celebrated from ancient times.
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