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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