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The introduction of American festivals


电子信息工程二班宗艺婉 1008421054 The introduction of American festivals As we all know, the United States is a country with various festivals. It has 10 statutory holidays. They are New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day (Washington's Birthday), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day , Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Now let me introduce something about these festivals. The first day of January is New Year's Day. This federal holiday celebrates the beginning of each New Year. People in the U.S. sometimes spend this day watching college football games and parades. On the third Monday in January, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked to change laws so that all people in the U.S. would be treated fairly. He worked for change in the 1950s and 60s when many states had laws separating black and white people. Martin Luther King taught people to use peaceful demonstrations to change laws, instead of violence. Many laws were changed because of his work. Many people worked with him in the hope that the U.S. could be a fair country for all people. Then on the third Monday in February, there is the President’s Day. It officially is called Washington's Birthday. But it honors all Presidents now. Every year on this day there is no school. Federal Offices (Post Offices and Court Buildings) are closed. People honor past Presidents. Some people go to Washington, D.C. There are parades on the streets. Malls and stores have sales. Families might have parties, or visit relatives. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service. It was celebrated on May 30 traditionally, but now is the last Monday on May. It was celebrated on May 30 traditionally, but now is the last Monday on May. It was honored those who died fighting in the Civil War firstly. But it changed to honor who died fighting in any war. And Americans consider it the start of the summer. Independence Day is one of the main statutory holidays, the date of July 4th each year to commemorate the July 4, 1776 Continental Congress formally adopted in Philadelphia, "the Declaration of Independence." "Declaration of Independence" drafted by Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress adopted the revised special committees by the Continental Congress John Hancock signed. "Declaration of Independence" explicitly states that all men are created equal, with the pursuit of happiness and freedom of the natural rights; most to enumerate the British colonialists in the crimes committed by the American continent; final solemn declaration of the United States of America and independent from Britain. "Declaration of Independence" is the historical significance of the world's great literature. Through the "Declaration of Independence", there has also become a day, named Independence Day. Columbus Day honors the explorer Christopher Columbus, who first landed in the New World on October 12, 1492. While Columbus's nationality has never been positively identified, many believe he was of Italian descent, and throughout the
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电子信息工程二班宗艺婉 1008421054 nineteenth century, Italian-Americans held celebrations in cities across the United States to honor his memory. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 Columbus Day. President Richard Nixon later declared Columbus Day a national holiday to be observed the second Monday of each October. Maybe when we mention the Labor Day, people will consider it as the May Day. But it is wrong. It is an American statutory holiday, and the date of the Labor Day is not May 1st, but the first Monday on September. In 1894, Congress voted it a federal holiday. Americans consider it the end of the summer. Today Americans celebrate Labor Day with a little less fanfare. Some cities have parades and community picnics. Many politicians "kick off' their political campaigns by holding rallies on the holiday. Most Americans consider Labor Day the end of the summer, and the beaches and other popular resort areas are packed with people enjoying one last three-day weekend. Veterans Day is a holiday in the US on 11th November .It originally is called Armistice Day. This holiday was established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. But it now honors veterans of all wars in which the United States has fought to show special respect to people who fought in wars as soldiers, sailors. Thanksgiving Day is a unique festival in North America, started in 1621. In 1863, American President Lincoln made it as a national holiday, and sets fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving Day in the United States each year. Through the four-day holiday, many people will go back home to celebrate the festival. Therefore, in United States Thanksgiving is not inferior to the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. In addition to treat Indians to eat roast turkey, people together will do archery, running, wrestling and other sports competitions, also enjoy singing and dancing around the bonfire night, sharing the joy. The last one is the Christmas Day. I think the information about it is known to us. This festival is becoming more and more popular in China. More and more young people will spend this day with their half of apple. And the night before the Christmas is the Christmas Eve. In China, most young people will give and receive apples. At the night, apples will be eaten, because “apple” representatives “Ping an”. Yeah, those are my some introductions about American statutory holidays. Dou you have interest in the festivals of America.

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