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Federal government State governments Local governments Private and public sector employers. Many Christmas carols and popular songs , Christmas trees , gift-giving , decorations , Santa Claus , Christmas dinner , shopping , church services. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus ' birth. Celebrations are marked by decorations and exchanging of gifts between family members and friends.
Most popular holiday based on greeting card sales. Also known for having the second highest church attendance behind Easter. Widely celebrated as a secular holiday. Giving thanks , prayer, feasting , spending time with family, football games , parades , turkey , " Alice's Restaurant ", traveling.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanks for the previous year, with families and friends gathering for a large meal or dinner.
Consequently, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Mother's Day. Mother's Day recognizes mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society.
Known for having the highest restaurant sales, even compared with Valentine's Day, as well as the highest church attendance after Easter and Christmas. Church services , family meals, Easter egg decorating, egg hunts , the Easter Bunny , Easter parades , Easter baskets , chocolates. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
The highest church attendance happens on Easter. Independence Day Fourth of July. Fireworks , family reunions , concerts , barbecues , picnics , parades , baseball games, carnivals and fairs. Independence Day, also commonly known as the Fourth of July, marks the date that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in The holiday is best known for fireworks and barbecues.
Father's Day. Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Trick-or-treating , costume parties , carving jack-o-lanterns , lighting bonfires , visiting haunted attractions , horror movies. Halloween celebrations are marked by costumed children knocking door to door asking for treats, and costumed adults attending parties.
Sending greeting cards , gift-giving, dating and romantic dinners, church services, candy, flowers. Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love. It accounts for million roses grown annually. Parades, parties, shamrocks, leprechauns , display of the color green , Irish beer and Irish whiskey , corned beef , copious consumption of alcohol. Saint Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland , and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, parties, the wearing of green attire or shamrocks , and alcohol consumption.
Making New Year's resolutions , church services, parades, football and hockey games, fireworks. Observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. Known for being the holiday with the highest alcohol consumption, evidenced by the spike in sales around between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Epiphany from Greek epiphaneia, "manifestation" , falls on the 12th day after Christmas. It commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, as represented by the Magi , the baptism of Jesus , and the miracle of the wine at the marriage feast at Cana. One of the three major Christian festivals, along with Christmas and Easter. Epiphany originally marked the beginning of the carnival season preceding Lent , and the evening preceding it is known as Twelfth Night. February 3 — March 9 floating Tuesday using Computus.
Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. Closes with Ash Wednesday 40 days before Easter , not counting Sundays , which starts the penitential season of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. Legal holiday in Louisiana and Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Modern traditional celebration of love and romance, including the exchange of cards, candy , flowers, and other gifts.
March 15 — April 18 floating Sunday using Computus. Celebration to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
A holiday honoring Saint Patrick that celebrates Irish culture. The primary activity is simply the wearing of green clothing "wearing o' the green" , although drinking beer dyed green is also popular. Big parades in some cities, such as in Chicago , where there is also a tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green. March 20 — April 23 floating Friday using Computus.
Good Friday is a holiday in some individual counties and municipalities, as well as a state holiday in Connecticut ,  Delaware ,  Florida ,  Hawaii ,  Indiana ,  Kentucky ,  Louisiana ,  New Jersey ,  North Carolina ,  North Dakota ,  Tennessee  and Texas.
Federal banks and post offices that are located in buildings that close for Good Friday and Easter will also be closed. Good Friday is also a holiday in Guam ,  U. Virgin Islands  and Puerto Rico. March 22 — April 25 floating Sunday using Computus. Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus in most Western Christian churches. A minority of Protestant churches do not observe Easter. Decorations include jack o'lanterns.
Costume parties and candy such as candy corn are also part of the holiday. Kids go " trick-or-treating " to neighbors who give away candy. It is not generally observed by businesses and is one of the most popular holidays in the US.
Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
International Albinism Awareness Day. International Day of Family Remittances. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
World Day against Trafficking in Persons. International Day of the World's Indigenous People. International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
International Overdose Awareness Day. International Day for South-South Cooperation. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates Abraham's willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. Lasting for three days, it concludes the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims worldwide sacrifice a lamb or other animal and distribute the meat to relatives or the needy.
The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic liturgical year, and is celebrated in a relatively quiet manner. A federal holiday observed the first Monday in September. McGuire, of the Knights of Labor, that the day be set aside in honor of labor. This day marks the beginning of the Jewish year and opens the Ten Days of Penitence, which close with Yom Kippur.
It is described in Leviticus as a "Sabbath of rest," and synagogue services begin the preceding sundown, resume the following morning, and continue to sundown.
This festival, also known as the Feast of the Ingathering, is both a harvest festival and a commemoration of the forty years of wandering after the Jews were freed from Egypt.
The name refers to the small huts Jews live in during the festival, symbolic of the shelters used during their wandering. Some say that they also represent the huts used by workers during the annual fruit harvest. This joyous holiday, encompassing Simchat Torah Rejoicing in the Torah , falls immediately after the seven days of Sukkot.
It marks the end of the year's weekly readings of the Torah Five Books of Moses in the synagogue, and the beginning of the new cycle of reading.
A federal holiday observed the second Monday in October, it commemorates Christopher Columbus's landing in the New World in Quite likely the first celebration of Columbus Day was that organized in by the Society of St. Tammany, or the Columbian Order, widely known as Tammany Hall. This holiday celebrates the birthday of Muhammad, the founder of Islam. It is fixed as the 12th day of the month of Rabi I in the Islamic calendar.
Halloween is traditionally associated in some countries with customs such as bonfires, masquerading, and the telling of ghost stories. These are old Celtic practices that mark the beginning of winter. Since , by act of Congress, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is the date for choosing presidential electors. State elections are also generally held on this day. The date is a legal holiday in certain states. Armistice Day, a federal holiday, was established in to commemorate the signing in of the armistice ending World War I.
On June 1, , the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all men and women who have served America in its armed forces.
Diwali, the Hindu "festival of lights," is the best known of Hindu festivals. Diwali generally lasts for five days, beginning on the 14th day of the dark half of the Hindu calendar month of Asvina. It is celebrated throughout India and its diaspora. A federal holiday observed the fourth Thursday in November by act of Congress , it was the first such national proclamation issued by President Lincoln in , on the urging of Mrs.
Sarah J. Hale, editor of Godey's Lady's Book. Most Americans believe that the holiday dates back to the day of thanks ordered by Governor Bradford of Plymouth Colony in New England in , but scholars point out that days of thanks stem from ancient times. Advent is the season in which the faithful must prepare themselves for the coming, or advent, of the Savior on Christmas.
The four Sundays before Christmas are marked by special church services. This festival was instituted by Judas Maccabaeus in B. It had been desecrated three years earlier by Antiochus Epiphanes, who set up a pagan altar and offered sacrifices to Zeus Olympius. In Jewish homes, a lamp or candle is lighted on each night of the eight-day festival. The most widely celebrated holiday of the Christian year, Christmas is observed as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.
Christmas customs are centuries old. The mistletoe, for example, comes from the Druids, who, in hanging the mistletoe, hoped for peace and good fortune. Comparatively recent is the Christmas tree, first set up in Germany in the 17th century. Nicholas, who lived in fourth-century Asia Minor. This secular seven-day holiday was created by Black Studies professor Dr.
Maulana Karenga in in the U. Modeled on first-fruits celebrations, it reflects seven principles, the Nguzo Saba: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
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