Holidays are a happy and joyous time for all. Holidays represent time to get together with loved ones and friends, spend time with relatives and friends, and also have fun. Holidays are marked by different names in different countries and communities. In general, a holiday is a short day set apart by custom or legal law where normal everyday activities, particularly work or school including church, are either suspended or reduced significantly.
In the United States, we celebrate three major holidays every year: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the birthday of our president. In most states, public holidays and birthdays are also celebrated. In general, holidays differ by state. A bank holiday in New York would be different from a bank holiday in Texas or a public holiday in Rhode Island.
Unlike local holidays in the US, federal government holidays are not designated for any particular reason. They are established by federal law and are observed by employees, children and other persons of official status in some or the other way. Unlike local holidays, government holidays recognized by the US government are not fixed dates and are not devoted to any particular purpose. The reasons for determining federal holidays and other officially designated days are many and diverse.
On the one hand, holidays are established by each state to distinguish various events and activities on their soil. On the other hand, religious significance is considered a motivating force in the making of holidays. The American state of Hawaii, for example, has designated as its national holiday the day of “In Loving Memory” for the people killed in the Island during World War II.
How do I find out what my community’s holiday is? The easiest way to find out is to get in touch with your local government. They will be able to provide you with details regarding what your community’s official holiday is. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Where can I find the history of American holidays? In general, most American communities maintain records regarding their traditions and history. The U.S. government is prohibited by law from maintaining such records. That is why you cannot access information about American holidays from the federal government. As an alternative, there are many organizations that have collected information on all aspects of american holidays. If you would rather use these resources for holiday facts, there is no charge.