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Civilization : What Holidays from English-speaking countries are celebrated only there?

BRITAIN

So, every year on March 17th all the people of Northern It is a native Irish religious festival in the honor of the memory of
the saint, whose name is associated with the appearance of
Ireland are celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Christianity in the country. The symbol of this holiday is the
shamrock in honor of the Trinity and green color and of course
throughout Britain and other English-speaking countries there are
national festivals with Irish folk music on this day. People wear
green clothes, they paint their faces green, they do the traditional
Irish dancing and drink Irish beer Guiness.

The British love their Queen and so on her birthday, Queen's


Birthday, April 21, is celebrated by the entire country. All television channels, radio and newspapers certainly
congratulate Queen Elizabeth II.On this day the ceremonial
parade takes place, as well as the trooping of the color and lush
secular ball at the end of the day. This year the Queen celebrated
her 90th birthday.The celebration looked at her life, love of
horses, dedication to the Commonwealth and involvement with
Britain’s armed forces. More than 900 Horses and 1,500
participants, including actors, musicians and dancers, told the
story of her remarkable life during perfomances over four
evenings.The celebrations were held in the private grounds of
Windsor Castle and broadcast on TV

The first Monday of May is considered an official The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. It is the
time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees
holiday, this holiday went down in history as the Spring Day start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. It is
or May Day when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different
customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long
winter.On this day in all parts of Britain there are cheerful
festivals, parades, and other fun activities, the cities are decorated
with flower garlands. In some places, May Day celebrations still
begin at sunset on 30 April. They include lots of floral decorations
and processions through towns and villages. In villages this day is
celebrated just like in the past. May Day began early in the
morning. People would go out before sunrise in order to gather
flowers and greenery to decorate their houses and villages in the
belief that the vegetation spirits would bring good fortune. Girls
would wash their faces in the dew of the early morning. They
believed this made them very beautiful for the following year. The
rest of the day was given over to various festivities. There was
dancing on the village green, archery contest and exhibitions of
strength. The highlight of the day was the crowning of the May
Queen, the human replica of Flora. The Spring Day is also
associated with the national hero Robin Hood.

Another interesting British autumn holiday is celebrated on the On this night, all over England there is a thunder of fireworks and
night of November 5th: that is Guy Fawkes Night or bonfires burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes, the man who was trying
Bonfire Night. to make the Gunpowder Plot and blow up the Houses of
Parliament in London in the XVII century. At the same time many
people burn the accumulated garbage in the yard, arranging a
farewell to autumn, boys on the streets beg for coins with the
words alleged to Guy, to buy firecrackers on the collected money.
THE USA

Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in The holiday dates back to 1621, the year when the Pilgrims ,the
November early settlers on the east coast of North America arrived. They
traveled from England on a ship called the Mayflower and made
their new home in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. After a
rough winter, in which about half of them died, they turned for help
to neighboring Indians (Native Americans), who taught them how
to plant corn and other crops. The next fall's bountiful harvest
inspired the Pilgrims to give thanks by holding a feast.

To this day, Thanksgiving dinner almost always includes some of


the foods served at the first feast: roast turkey, cranberry sauce,
potatoes, pumpkin pie. Before the meal begins, families or friends
usually pause to give thanks for their blessings, including the joy
of being united for the occasion.

Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) – is celebrated Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George
on the third Monday in February. Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday”
Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all
U.S. presidents past and present.
On this day people usually visit The George Washington
Birthplace National Monument in Virginia, holds an annual
birthday celebration on President's Day and on his actual birthday.
Mount Vernon (now part of the George Washington Memorial
Parkway) also honors George Washington with a birthday
celebration weekend and an annual fee-free day. Annual activities
to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's birthday include: a February
12th wreath laying ceremony at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historic Site in Kentucky; The National Park Service also
maintains a number of sites that commemorate other past
presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, , Teddy Roosevelt,
Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F.
Kennedy, and Bill Clinton and many others. Lots of people visit
inspiring places like Mount Rushmore on this day.

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is held on the King was a key figure in the civil rights’ movement and was an
advocate of using nonviolent means to protest discrimination.
third Monday in January. Martin Luther King, Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
1964 as a result of his dedication to fighting for civil rights without
resorting to violence.
King was assassinated in 1968 and many civil rights’ activists
petitioned for a holiday to be declared in honor of the civil rights’
leader. First this holiday was held on 20 January 1986.
The purpose of the public holiday is to remember the struggles
that people have had to overcome to obtain civil rights. As the
holiday approaches, many schools dedicate class sessions to
teaching students about the importance of preventing racism and
other forms of prejudice.
In recent years, the holiday observing the birthday of Martin
Luther King, Jr has become an opportunity for Americans to
dedicate their day-off to providing volunteer services to charitable
organizations that are aimed at ending prejudice and helping
people who feel they have been discriminated against.

Super Bowl Sunday - . It is usually on the last Sunday in It is the day on which the Super Bowl, the annual championship
January or the first Sunday in February and is for the National Football League, is played. The 50th annual
sometimes referred to as a holiday. event, called Super Bowl 50, occurred on February 7, 2016.
Super Bowl Sunday is an occasion when many families and
friends gather together to watch the game, including those who
are not normally football fans. Although sports bars have
historically been busy on Super Bowl Sunday in the past, it is
becoming more common for people to watch the game from
home.
Large amounts of food and alcohol are consumed on Super Bowl
Sunday. Foods traditionally eaten on Super Bowl Sunday
include buffalo wings, chili, dipping sauces, pizza, and potato
chips. Roughly 28,000,000 pounds (13,000,000 kg) of chips, 1.25
billion chicken wings, and 8,000,000 pounds (3,600,000 kg)
of guacamole are consumed during the Super Bowl.