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节日, 假日,Holidays - I

April Fool's Day On April Fool's Day (April 1), people often pull practical jokes on other people.
Chinese New Year
Christmas Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
Easter Easter celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is Christianity's most important holiday.
Election Day Most US elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday each November.
Every four years, US voters elect the President of the United States.
Father's Day Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
Flag Day Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 in the USA.
Halloween Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
Independence Day Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday.
Labor Day the first Monday in September was selected for the observance of Labor Day.
Mother's Day Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
New Year's Day
New Year's Eve
St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. People wear green on St. Patrick's Day
Thanksgiving In the USA, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

节日, 假日,Holidays - II

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Arbor Day National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April (but the date varies in some US states). This US holiday encourages tree planting and tree care.
Columbus Day Many countries in the New World and elsewhere officially celebrate as a holiday the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492. The landing is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States.
Earth Day Some people celebrate Earth Day on April 22; some celebrate Earth Day on the Vernal Equinox (the day Spring starts in the Northern Hemisphere).
Grandparent's Day Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day (in September). On Grandparents Day, people honor and thank their grandparents.
Groundhog Day Groundhog Day is celebrated in the USA on February 2nd.
King, Martin Luther: Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lincoln's Birthday
Memorial Day Memorial Day honors US soldiers who died fighting for their country. In 1971
President's Day Presidents’ Day happens on the third Monday in February, close to the birthdays of the first U.S. President George Washington. However, Americans use this holiday to honor all U.S. presidents.
Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a day to tell someone that you love them.
Veteran's Day November 11 is a day on which many people around the world honor those who served in the armed forces.
It began as a celebration of the peace after World War I ended.
In the USA, November 11 is called Veterans Day, and honors the men and women who served in the US Armed Forces.
World Environment Day It is observed the week of June 5 each year. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations in 1972.

节日, 假日,Holidays - III

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Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Emancipation Day Emancipation Day (also called Freedom Day or Juneteenth), celebrated on June 19, is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the USA on June 19, 1865.
Hanukkah Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.
Kwanzaa Kwanzaa lasts for seven days; it starts on December 26th, and ends on New Year's Day.
Pi Day Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day date format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.
Purim Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. This took place in the ancient Persian Empire. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther

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