Holidays have become a very familiar concept in our daily lives. Holidays represent time off from work and the hectic pace of life. For many people, a holiday is just a short day set apart from normal routine by government or by rule where normal everyday activities, particularly work or school including socialization are significantly reduced or suspended. In general, holidays are designed to let people commemorate or celebrate an occasion or even tradition of particular cultural or religious importance.
The first holiday that we will look into is February 14th. This day is widely considered to be St. Patrick’s Day. Many people have celebrated this day by eating traditional Irish foods like pumpkin pie and the shamrock. The Irish celebrate this day with great pride and excitement celebrating the return of the rabbit from the long dark forest. Some other major February holidays include Easter Monday, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter Monday, and Halloween.
Thanksgiving is the second most popular holiday. Many consider thanksgiving to be the most harvest producing day and consequently there is much to feast on this day. The main feasts are the main course for dinner and the main dessert after dessert. Thanksgiving holidays are divided by special occasions such as thanksgiving dinner and thanksgiving parties. The first thanksgiving dinner was thanksgiving night in 17eded when George Washington went to dinner with his family and friends.
The third most common American holidays are those associated with the New Year. The fourth most common New Year’s holiday would be the Fourth of July, which falls on the last Friday of January. In general, the fourth Thursday of January is called the New Year’s Eve and is considered to be a very important day of the New Year. A number of national celebrations take place on the evening of the final day of every month of the year including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The final four holidays we will discuss include the last day of November, which is traditionally known as thanksgiving. Many associate thanksgiving with the harvest and therefore during the fall vegetable harvest season. The fourth most widely celebrated holiday on November is Christmas. On the evening of the final day of the year many people decorate their homes and send homemade gifts to friends and family.
One more popular holiday associated with the twenty-first century is the inaugurations. There are many different observances that can be observed on the day of an inauguration. Some of these include theme of independence, the first day of the presidency, the first day of public service, National Park Week and Veterans Day. In addition there are many special holiday ceremonies that can be observed at the beginning or end of the administration. The last two weeks of January are also very important to observe as President Obama marks the conclusion of his term as President of the United States.