Holidays | Learn about Holidays for Children

– [Narrator] Holidays. Your birthday happens every
year on the anniversary of the day you were born. It’s a celebration usually
with cake, friends and family, and sometimes presents for
the birthday boy or girl. New Year’s in on January 1st. On the night before New Year’s Day people around the world
stay up until midnight to ring in the new year. At midnight there are
often fireworks and cheers. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is
the third Monday in January. On Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and
his, along with many others, fight against racism in the United States. Groundhog Day is on February 2nd. Groundhog Day is a fun tradition in which a groundhog comes out from its burrow to help us see how much
longer winter will last. If he doesn’t see his shadow then we will have an early spring. But if he does see his
shadow there will be another six weeks of winter. Presidents Day is on February 16th. Presidents Day is celebrated on George Washington’s birthday and is a day reserved for honoring America’s presidents past and present. Valentine’s Day is on February 14th. Valentine’s Day is recognized
as a day to celebrate love. People give their loved
ones small gifts or candy on this day to celebrate
their love for one another. St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day was created
to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Now it’s also a cultural celebration where people throw parties
and wear green or shamrocks. Easter is the first Sunday
after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Easter is a holiday created by Christians to celebrate the
resurrection of Jesus Christ. April Fool’s Day is on April 1st. On April Fool’s Day people play practical jokes on each other. Passover falls on some
Hebrew calendar dates, which are a little
different from the calendar Americans usually use. In 2015, Passover will be on
April 3rd through the 11th. Passover is a Jewish
commemoration of the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt. Earth Day is on April 22nd. On Earth Day people from across the globe come together to show their
support for the environment. Often people try to find
something good to do for the planet on Earth
Day like planting trees. Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May. On Mother’s Day we honor our mother’s or the mothers in our lives. Memorial Day is the last Monday of May. On Memorial Day people
in the United States remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Ramadan is in the ninth month
of the lunar Islamic calendar and is the month that
is believed the Koran was revealed to Mohammed. Because the lunar calendar is different from our usual calendar the
dates are different every year. In 2015, Ramadan will take place from the 18th of June to the 16th of July, almost an entire month. During Ramadan Muslims fast during the day from dawn until sunset. Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June. On Father’s Day we honor our father’s or the fathers in our lives. Canada Day is July 1st. This is a Canadian celebration
of the creation of Canada. People in Canada celebrate with barbecues, parades, fireworks, and all
kinds of exciting things. Independence Day is July 4th. On the Fourth of July Americans celebrate the day that they gained
independence from England. Labor Day is the first
Monday in September. On Labor Day we celebrate the
hard work of American workers. Patriot Day is September 11th. Patriot Day is to remember the lives lost in the tragic attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Halloween is October 31st. On Halloween lots of
children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door. When a door opens they say “Trick or treat” and the owner of the
house gives them a treat. Thanksgiving in on the
fourth Thursday in November. On Thanksgiving Americans
have a feast to celebrate the discovery of America
and the first interactions between Europeans and Native Americans. Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish holiday commemorating their rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah is observed for
eight nights and days and can occur anytime from late November to late December on our calendar. It is commemorated by the
lighting of the candles on the Menorah and
occasionally gift giving. Christmas is December 25th. Christmas is a holiday where Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Families usually put up Christmas trees, spend time with loved ones,
and give each other presents. What’s your favorite holiday? Let us know in the comments
and thanks for watching.

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