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Holidays and Festivals


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New Year's DayNew Year's Day
The celebration of the first day of a new year is one of the oldest of festivals, observed from ancient times. It has not, however, always fallen on January 1, for the date has varied widely according to the country, its religious beliefs and customs, and its calendar system or manner of reckoning time.
HalloweenHalloween
is a festival that takes place on October 31. The word "Halloween" is short for "Allhallows Evening," and it is so called because the next day, November 1, is a church festival called All Saints' Day.
A History of Thanksgiving DayA History of Thanksgiving Day
One of the first Thanksgiving observances in America was entirely religious and did not involve feasting. On December 4, 1619, 39 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation, near present-day Charles City, Virginia. The group's charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God.

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