In Russia, the same as in every other country, there are many holidays:
interesting and funny, patriotic and dedicated to any historical event.
For example in Russia there are such holidays as the Women’s day, the
Victory Day, the Independent Day, the April’s Fool’s day, and many
other. In 80th years in Russia some holidays were canceled, among them
is the May Day, the 7th of October, the birthday of komsomol, and some
other. As for me this resolution was right because when the life of the
whole country is changing the old holidays must also be changed by new.
I like all holidays. But everyone of them can be made upset, except one.
It’s the New Year. New Year is a holiday for everyone. The people all
over the world welcome the new year at one moment, that’s why I think
it’s the most uniting holiday in the world, because in this moment every
person can say that he loves everyone. I think it is an international
But in different countries the New Year is celebrated in different days,
for example it can be celebrated on the 1st of September or … Also I’ve
heard that from 2001 year the New Year will be celebrated on the 1st of
March by all countries all over the world. As for me, I think that it
was a right resolution.
There are lots of New Year traditions in Russia. In every home there is
a New Year tree glittering in colored lights and decorations. Children
always wait for Father Frost to come and give them a present. Many
people consider a New Year to be a family holiday. But most of the young
prefer to spend the New Year there own having parties. As for me I
prefer to see the New Year with my family, because I meet these New
Years last times with my family and after some years I’ll spend it on my
own. I must spend as much time as possible with my family because in
some years I’ll have to leave them to begin my own life and these
holidays may be the last.
Holiday is a day set apart for religious observance or for the
commemoration of some extraordinary event or distinguished person, or
for some other public occasion.
National holidays are days set aside by official government proclamation
to celebrate different occasions.
The U.S. has no national holidays. Legal holidays – days on which banks,
schools, or other public institutions and most places of business are
Memorial Day is a legal holiday, observed annually on the
last Monday in May in most of the United States, It honours the nation’s
armed services killed in wartime. The holiday, originally called
Decoration Day, is traditionally marked by parades, memorial speeches
and ceremonies, and the decoration of graves with flowers and flags.
Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, on the order of General
John Alexander Logan for the purpose of decorating the graves of the
American Civil War dead. It was observed on May 30 until 1971, when most
states changed to a newly established federal schedule of holiday
Independence Day is an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption
by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July
4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was
not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted
as the official anniversary of United States independence and is
celebrated in all states and territories of the U.S.
The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated publicly with parades and
pageants, patriotic speeches, and organised firing of guns and cannons
and displays of fireworks. Family picnics and outings are a feature of
private Fourth of July celebrations.
Thanksgiving Day, a legal holiday in the U.S., was first celebrated in
early colonial times in New England. The actual origin is probably the
harvest festivals that are traditional in many parts of the world. After
the first harvest was completed by the Plymouth colonists in 1621,
Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving.
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving, and
since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation,
generally designating the fourth Thursday of November as a holiday.
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year, January 1 in the Gregorian
calendar. In the Middle Ages most European countries used the Julian
calendar and observed New Year’s Day on March 25, called Annunciation
Day and celebrated as the birth to the Son of God. With the introduction
of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, Roman Catholic countries began to
celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1.
The custom of visiting friends, relatives and neighbours on New Year’s
Day is one of the Old World traditions that has taken on a new form in
the United States. A favourite place to see the old year out is New York
City’s Time Square.
Christmas is an annual festival, held on December 25, to celebrate the
Nativity, or birth of Christ. The Christmas tree, an evergreen trimmed
with lights and other decorations, is derived from the so-called
paradise tree, symbolising Eden.
Saint Valentine’s Day, a holiday honouring lovers, is celebrated on
February 14. There is a custom of sending greeting cards or gifts to
express affection. The cards, known as valentines, are often designed
with hearts to symbolise love. The holiday probably derives from the
ancient Roman feast of Lupercalis (February 15). The festival gradually
became associated with the feast day (February 14) of two Roman martyrs,
both named St. Valentine, who lived in the 3rd century. St. Valentine
has traditionally been regarded as the patron saint of lovers.
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