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American Holidays

American Holidays

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Natio
A
Universi
onal School o
R
Ameri
AL ECHCHE
S
Mrs L
A
ity of South
of Engineers
Report Abou
ican Ho
By:
IKH EL ALA
Supervised b
LOUEDEC C
August, 2011
Brittany
s of South Br
ut:
Holidays
Natio
A
Universi
onal School o
R
Ameri
AL ECHCHE
S
Mrs L
A
ity of South
of Engineers
Report Abou
ican Ho
By:
IKH EL ALA
Supervised b
LOUEDEC C
August, 2011
Brittany
s of South Br
ut:
Holidays

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Table
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Introduction
 
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Martin Luther King Day
 
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Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day)
 
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Memorial Day
 
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Independence Day (July 4)
 
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Labor Day
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Columbus Day
 
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Veterans Day
 
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Thanksgiving
 
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Christmas
 
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Other Celebrations
 
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Conclusion
 
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Bibliography
 
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Word
of 
gratitude
I would like to thank all the people who helped me during that intern-ship course, especially myEnglish teacher Mrs LOUEDEC Claire and the Polyglot Language Centre who helped to improvemy communication skills.
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Introduction
American Holidays is an introductory survey of the historical and social background of Americanholidays.People in every culture celebrate holidays. Although the word "holiday" literally means "holyday," most American holidays are not religious, but commemorative in nature and origin. Becausethe nation is blessed with rich ethnic heritage it is possible to trace some of the American holidaysto diverse cultural sources and traditions, but all holidays have taken on a distinctively Americanflavor. In the United States, the word "holiday" is synonymous with "celebration! »In the strict sense, there are no federal (national) holidays in the United States. Each of the 50states has jurisdiction over its holidays. In practice, however, most states observe the federal("legal or public ") holidays, even though the President and Congress can legally designateholidays only for federal government employees.The following ten holidays per year are proclaimed by the federal government.New Year's Day January 1Martin Luther King Day third Monday in JanuaryWashington's Birthday third Monday in FebruaryMemorial Day last Monday in MayIndependence Day July 4Labor Day first Monday in September Columbus Day second Monday in October Veterans Day November 11Thanksgiving Day fourth Thursday in November Christmas Day December 25In 1971, the dates of many federal holidays were officially moved to the nearest Monday by then-President Richard Nixon. There are five holidays which are not necessarily celebrated onMondays: Thanksgiving Day, Veterans Day, New Year's Day, Independence Day and ChristmasDay. When New Year's Day, Independence Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the next dayis also a holiday. When one of these holidays falls on a Saturday, the previous day is also a holiday.Federal government offices, including the post office, are always closed on all federal holidays.Schools and businesses close on major holidays like Independence Day and Christmas Day butmay not always be closed, for example, on President's Day or Veterans Day.

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