USA Calendar 2013
The United States is a country as large in size as it is in diversity. Compared to other economic superpowers of the world, the United States is rather young, only a little over 250 years old (China is 4,000 years old) so most of its celebrations and holidays are either borrowed from the cultures of its immigrants, borne out of necessity, and established to honor the people that make up its colorful history.
New Year’s Day – On this day in the US calendar 2013, the Christendom, of which United States has a significant portion of, celebrate the end of the past year and the beginning of the New Year with fireworks and loud parties.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
MLK Day – Martin Luther King did larger-than-life sacrifices to fight for the brotherhood of all men (and women) regardless of their skin color. It is because of his unrelenting struggle for the desegregation of blacks in America that an African-American is the president of the United States today.
Wednesday, 15 January 2013
Groundhog Day – When the groundhog emerges from its burrow and it does not see its shadow, spring will come early. People eagerly await the emergence of groundhogs from their hibernation to see if winter will be over soon.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Valentine’s Day – Initially thought of as religious in origin, Valentine’s Day in the USA calendar 2013 has its roots in Lupercalia, a pre-Roman shepherd cleansing ritual not unlike that of spring cleaning. Today, Valentine’s has evolved to mean celebration of lovers and of love in general.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
St. Patrick’s Day – Originally celebrated in Ireland, this Celebration has spread to America and Canada and is now widely celebrated in both countries. It is celebrated in honor of St. Patrick the major patron saint of Ireland. On this day in the Canada calendar 2013, wearing of green and shamrock are a tradition.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Arbor Day – This was originally conceived in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. Arbor Day in the USA calendar 2013 is tree-planting day. On the first Arbor Day, one million trees were planted.
Friday, 29 April 2013
Mother’s day – It is celebrated in honor of all mothers and was invented in America. Children are supposed to bring their mothers a present and make this day special for their mothers.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Memorial Day – It is a federal holiday, which is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May. It was founded to commemorate all the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Army.
Monday, 27 May 2013
Independence Day – This day celebrates the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain, which was attained in 1776. It is widely known as 4th of July and people enjoy this federal holiday with carnivals, fairs, picnics, barbecues and many other activities.
Thursday, 4 July 2013
Labor Day – It is annually celebrated on the first Monday of September and is celebrated in honor of the hard working people in America.
It was first celebrated in 1882 after people witnessed Canadians celebrating Labor Day in Toronto. In most places, a street parade is held and it’s known as the last celebration of the summer.
Monday, 2 September 2013
Halloween – This festival is famous for children and adults wearing scary costumes and going for trick or treat, jack-o-lanterns and apple bobbing. The beginning of these celebrations is unclear but it is thought to originate as a Celtic festival of Samhain.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Thanksgiving Day – In America, Thanksgiving originated from a festival celebrated after an especially good Harvest in 1621. After this, the celebrations have been repeated each year and nowadays it is even celebrated outside the USA in many other countries. It is a tradition to have a dinner with the whole family where many tasty traditional foods like turkey or sweet potatoes are served.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Christmas Day – The birth of the Christian savior is one of the most, if not the most, anticipated event in the Christendom calendar. Given the massive commercialization of Christmas, one can expect endless partying and gift-giving during this occasion.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013