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The following are the most popular holidays.

  • New Year's Day (January 1 ) - Many people celebrate the beginning of the year with a party for family and friends.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (2nd Monday in January ) - Celebrating the birthday of this famous civil rights leader.

  • Valentine's Day (February 14 ) - A day for friends and lovers to give cards and gifts to one another.

  • Presidents' Day (3rd Monday in February ) - A day honoring presidents of the U.S., especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who were born in February.

  • Saint Patrick's Day (March 17 ) - Holiday named after Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. Many people wear green on this day to represent Ireland.

  • Good Friday (in March or April , based on lunar calendar) - On this day, Christians remember the death of Jesus Christ.

  • Easter (Sunday after Good Friday ) - On this special day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May ) - A day to honor Americans who have died, especially those killed in war.

  • Independence Day (July 4 ) - Also called the Fourth of July, celebrates the beginning of the United States as a nation.

  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September ) - Honors working people.

  • Halloween (October 31 ) - A day when people emphasize scary things, wear costumes, and have parties. Children wear costumes and collect candy from neighbors. Many Christians have alternative celebrations to Halloween.

  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November ) - A day for families to gather for a big feast (usually including turkey). For Christians, it is a special day of thanksgiving to God.

  • Christmas (December 25 ) - On this day, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Most people celebrate this day by giving gifts to one another.

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