Holidays are one of the most celebrated occasions in the calendar year. A holiday is an ordinary day set apart by law or custom where normal activities, particularly work or business, like school, are either suspended or totally reduced. In general, such holidays are planned to enable people to celebrate or commemorate an occasion or belief of particular spiritual or cultural importance. Holidays are special time of the year when people get together with relatives and friends to share the festivities. It is also a time where people get to spend quality time with loved ones.
Since ancient times, American holidays have been celebrated with great enthusiasm and interest. Holiday cheer in the USA has reached new heights in recent times. Most Americans take the annual holiday break to some of the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations. In fact, holidays in the United States have become very popular worldwide. People from all around the world take part in celebrating American holidays.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah are three widely celebrated federal holidays in the United States. Thanksgiving is a celebration of the Good Friday agreement between the government and the church. On this day, the government places a turkey with all its Thanksgiving related decorations on the head of the table in the family home. The turkey is then roasted on the outdoor hearth in the presence of family and friends. The roasting of the turkey symbolizes the coming together of all people in the name of worshiping God.
Christmas is another well-loved public holiday in the United States. Christmas trees are seen all over the United States in the months leading up to the Christmas period. Americans decorate their homes with holiday ornaments, Christmas ornaments and Christmas wreaths. Some of the more popular holiday decorations include Christmas lights, mistletoe and bells. Americans also celebrate Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and New Year’s Eve in February. No one celebrates Halloween in the United States without a costume, however, due to the popularity of the ‘trick-or-treat’ holiday, many kids get to stay home on Halloween instead of trick-or-treating on the night of the holiday.
January fifth is known as Washington’s birthday, and this is the official birth month of the United States government. Many people celebrate this special national holiday with great vigor. Many people go out of their way to visit historic landmarks, family members and personal relatives. Some of the more famous Washington, DC landmarks where visitors can enjoy the spirit of the holiday include: visitor’s center, west front park, National Gallery, National Mall, Independence Mall, Chinatown, Fort Myras and several others. A lot of people also take time out to celebrate the federal holidays with their families and loved ones by catching up on some holiday special recipes.
There are many more public holidays that people in the United States celebrate every year, including the likes of Independence Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Thanksgiving Day and of course Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. The fourth Sunday of February is also recognized as President’s Day, which falls on the fourth weekend in February. The United States Congress officially recognizes these many national holidays through the President’s Day Holiday Bill. The fourth Sunday of February is widely regarded as “Lincoln’s day” in the United States, with a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounding the ceremony.