A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

By Mary Jane Maxwell This is part of an occasional series on how Americans celebrate religious holidays. A long blast from the shofar, or ram’s horn, announces the arrival of the new year in the Hebrew calendar. For Jews, the sound of the shofar is more than that of a musical instrument whose use dates back to ancient ...
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A lot of history happened on July 4

By Emily Louise Bowman Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because that’s when, in 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, eventually transforming 13 English colonies into the United States of America. Whether by plan or by chance, a lot of other firsts happened on the Fourth of July. Here are a few:   ...
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How Arlington became a final resting place for veterans

By Lenore T. Adkins Each year on the last Monday of May, Americans honor the men and women who have lost their lives in military service to the United States. Most Americans have the day off from work. Many attend parades, visit war memorials or say a prayer at a relative’s grave. One of the most significant sites ...
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Easter traditions in America

By Mary Jane Maxwell This year on April 17, many American Christians will celebrate Easter — the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion some 2,000 years ago. Many Christians observe a period of fasting ...
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U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

By  ShareAmerica The holiday of Thanksgiving may seem uniquely American, but it echoes fall festivals that have been held throughout the world for centuries. Like its cousins Sukkot, Chuseok,  Day of the Dead , and others, Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks for the harvest, enjoying bountiful food, and spending time with family and friends. Harvest festivals started in an agrarian ...
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Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Millions of Americans will celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on March 20. Nowruz welcomes the arrival of spring, coinciding with the vernal equinox (when the sun moves across the Earth’s equator, evenly splitting daytime and nighttime hours). The celebration originated in ancient Persia, but it has also been observed by diverse communities in Central ...
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Honoring U.S. military veterans each November

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. Americans usually plan parades, ceremonies and tributes to those who have served, and are currently serving, in the U.S. military. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans will observe Veterans Day 2020 somewhat differently. Edinburg, Texas, for example, is holding a virtual parade, with photos of veterans, ...
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