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English Holidays and Special Days

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

Hello, today we will try to get to know many holidays and special days celebrated in America and around the world. This article will be enjoyable as it will be about culture and learning English :) If you are ready, let's learn about holidays and special days.

Christmas: It is celebrated by Christians all over the world on December 25. Hz. Celebrations are held on December 25, the day Jesus was born. Apart from December 25, the Armenian Apostolic and Evangelical Churches celebrate on January 6, the other Eastern Churches on January 7, and the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem on January 19. While Christians perform rites in churches on their religious days, they traditionally perform fasting on December 25, giving gifts, gathering with family and friends, decorating houses and pine trees.

New Year: The time and day when a new calendar year starts, and the calendar year increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some way, and the first day of January is usually marked as a national holiday.

Independence Day: American Independence Day, also commonly known as the 4th of July. After the USA gained its independence from the United Kingdom on July 4, 1776, a federal holiday was declared all over the country.

Easter: According to Christian belief, it is the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected after his death. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon phase of the month, from March 22 to April 25 each year. The word comes from the Hebrew word pesach (transition). There are differences between Catholics and Orthodox in terms of the date of Easter. The Orthodox come 12 days later than the Catholics. It is customary to eat painted eggs and organize entertainments at Easter.

Thanksgiving Day: It is a public holiday celebrated in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Republic of Liberia. Thanksgiving began to be celebrated to give thanks for the harvest and last year. Some Thanksgiving-themed festivals are also held in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada, while it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving Day has long been celebrated as a secular holiday, although it is rooted in religion and cultural traditions.

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