The 31st of October is a
very special holiday for children - Halloween. It’s a very good holiday
for small children. They get all dressed up in some kind of costume. They take
a big empty bag and walk around neighbourhood. They ask people a traditional
question "Trick or treat?” Usually people give a treat: apples, cookies,
oranges. The next thing they do is Jack o'lantern. They take a pumpkin, take
the inside of it away, cut in it 2 eyes, a nose and a mouth. Then they put a
candle inside and light it. The pumpkin looks mysterious. The children are very
excited. That's one evening when parents allow them to stay out a little bit
later than ordinary.
Thanksgiving Day is a very important
American holiday. It is going to be always the fourth Thursday of November.
It's one of the oldest holidays. It first started in 1621. The English pilgrims
passed a very hard long winter. More than half of them died of cold and hunger.
Those who stayed alive planted crops and after a very successful harvest killed
many wild turkeys. They had a feast for a week. That was the first celebration
of their thankfulness - Thanksgiving. Nowadays they have a big family diner.
They always eat turkey. This is a long holiday: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday. They have a big football game on that day.
The Americans begin to
celebrate New-Year on December, 24-th, on Christmas Eve. The
family prepares for Christmas. They put a Christmas tree with a star on the top
and, then toys and lights. Near Christmas tree they put stockings and fill them
with different gifts: nuts, toys, fruits. The children believe that Santa Claus
brings all these gifts.
The Americans welcome the
New Year on December, 31. Ordinarily the people have big parties. Some
prefer to go to the theatre or to a restaurant. Thousands of people welcome in
the New Year in Times Square. Exactly at they sing "Auld Lang
Washington's Birthday is celebrated on
February, 22. In the schools children usually mark this day by drawing
The second Sunday in May
is called Mother's Day, and the third Sunday in June is Father's Day.
The children give presents, especially flowers, take mothers to restaurants or
to see a nice play or to hear a concert.
The next important
national holiday is the 4-th July, Independence Day. The holiday dates
back to 1744, when the Declaration of Independence from British was signed. On
that day people go on picnics to the country or to the seashore or to the
mountains. In the evening there are usually fireworks. There are lots of sports
events on that day. They also have many parades.