By Alex Nelson & Natalie Winkler, 4-5 School News Team
Do you enjoy celebrating holidays? Do you know the reasoning behind these holidays? Well, keep reading to find out information that you may not have known before. In this article you will be able to learn about the most common holidays celebrated each month.
January, February, & March
In January there is a holiday that many people in the world celebrate and that holiday is New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day is one day out of the year that is like no other day. This day is celebrated since it is the first day of the new year. Many people make New Year's Resolutions. Since it is the New Year, people may like to start fresh. Fun Fact!! Did you know that to some religions, New Year’s Day has been celebrated for almost 4,000 years.
In February there is a lovely holiday, Valentine’s Day!!! This is a holiday that mainly children celebrate, but adults will sometimes do nice, loving things too. Fun Fact!!! Almost 150 million cards are estimated to be exchanged. This holiday happens on the 14 of February, and schools around the world exchange and have fun with this celebration.
Now there is St. Patrick’s Day. This is a holiday of luck! They say that if you find a four leaf clover, than you will have luck for the rest of the year. If you get lucky, than you might even find some gold! Fun Fact! Did you know that until 1970 St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated as only an Ireland holiday?
April, May, and June
Do you enjoy hunting for eggs and eating the candy that you find? Well many people do, Easter is a fun holiday for kids all ages, and it is fun for parents to watch their kids go run excitedly and enjoy trying to find their candy and eggs. One of the fun things to do for Easter is paint a hard boiled egg. You can paint the hard boiled egg any way you would like. Fun Fact!! Easter was created because it was the day that Jesus Christ had died.
Now in May, there is a special holiday, Memorial Day! Memorial Day is when you honor the military soldiers that died. Fun/Sad Fact!! The war that killed the most soldiers was the Civil War, it was sad, but we still honor them today.
Another holiday is the amazing Flag Day. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 and we honor this holiday since that was the day that the United States flag was created. Fun Fact!! In 1777 the flag was created, that means that the flag has been around for 238 years.
July, August, & September
As most of you all know, on the 4th of July, it is someone's birthday, or should I say something. Of course, it is America’s birthday. Now, people cannot go around saying that America was “born” on this day. It was actually the birth of America’s Independence! Fun Fact!!!! In 1776 the birth of Independence was created, therefore, this holiday has been around for 239 years. We have been so lucky to have been able to keep this independence around for so many years.
Now you’re probably wondering, what is the Civic Holiday. This holiday is mainly celebrated in Canada. On this day, many people will go on trips, go camping, or enjoy time somewhere outside of your house. Fun Fact!! Very few people outside of Canada celebrate this holiday, therefore, it is unique!
Finally, there is the holiday in September, Labor Day! Labor Day is a holiday that is celebrated internationally. The reasoning behind this holiday is to celebrate the festivities held in honor of the working people, almost to give them a day off since they are always working. Fun Fact!!!! Labor Day has been around for only 126 years, that is short for when a holiday was created!
October, November, & December
The next three holidays that we will be telling you about are the ones that pretty much everyone loves to talk about! The first one is Halloween. Halloween is on October 31 every year. People around world dress up and walk around to gather candy. This is one of the most unhealthy, yet delicious holidays. This is one of the most old holidays in the world, yet every year people love to celebrate. Fun Fact!!! You can be any age, and still go around as something silly or cool, it is all for the fun of it!
The next holiday is Thanksgiving, which happens to be more of a United States only holiday, but is also celebrated in Canada. We celebrate the day of where the Native Americans helped out the European Colonists to grow things in the winter. Therefore, they became friends and celebrated the first Thanksgiving feast. That is why every Thanksgiving we eat the same thing. Fun Fact!!! Did you know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts!
Now the last holiday, Christmas!!!!! Now many of you celebrate Christmas, and here is the reason why it is celebrated. Christmas is really the birthday of God’s son, Jesus Christ. On that day many people came to give gifts. Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts from you friends and loved ones! Fun Fact!!!! Did you know that Jesus was estimated to be born on 1BC?