Public holidays in the USA and Great Britain

Public holidays in the USA
A public holiday, national holiday, legal holiday
 is a holiday set by law and is usually a non-working
day during the year
 Public holiday = Federal holiday (in the USA)
Federal holidays in the USA
 July 4th – Independence Day
 November 11th – Veterans Day
 Fourth Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
 December 25th – Christmas Day
Independence Day
 also known as the Fourth of July, is a holiday in
the celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of
Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring
independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. It
is commonly associated with fireworks, parades,
barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball
games, family reunions, political speeches and
ceremonies and various other public and private
Veterans Day
 is an annual United States holiday honoring military
 The holiday is often celebrated by having a ravioli
Thanksgiving Day
 is a harvest festival
 Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a
bountiful harvest.
 The event that Americans call the "First
Thanksgiving" was celebrated to give thanks to
God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony
survive their first brutal winter in New England.
The First Thanksgiving Dinner
 Thanksgiving dinner traditionally features
turkey, playing a central role in the celebration
 At home, it is a holiday tradition in many families
to begin the Thanksgiving dinner by saying grace
(a prayer before or after a meal).
Christmas Day
 for Christians, the holiday commemorates the birth
of Jesus Christ
 In the days or even weeks before Christmas Day,
many people decorate their homes and gardens with
lights, Christmas trees and much more.
 Children often receive a lot of gifts from their parents
and other relatives (Santa Claus).
Other holidays
 First Sunday in February – Super Bowl Sunday
 March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
 First Sunday after the first full moon after the March
equinox – Easter
 October 31st – Haloween
Super Bowl Sunday
 The Super Bowl is the championship game of the
National Football League, the premier
association of professional American football.
 It is the second-largest day for U.S. food
consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In most years,
the Super Bowl is the most-watched American
television broadcast
St. Patrick’s Day
 Saint Patrick's Day is a religious holiday on the
17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick (387–
461), the patron of Ireland.
Today, Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in
America by Irish and non-Irish alike
It is one of the leading days for consumption of
alcohol in the United States
Seattle and other cities paint the traffic stripe of their
parade routes green.
Chicago dyes its river green
 Many churches hold special services on Easter
Sunday, which celebrate the Jesus Christ's
resurrection after his crucifixion.
 It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. Eggs
of some form are hidden, supposedly by a rabbit.
People, especially children, then search for them.
 Halloween is an annual holiday, which commonly
includes activities such as trick-or-treating,
attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns,
bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions,
playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching
horror films.
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