Festivals and holidays in the USA
The U.S. is not experiencing a shortage in all kinds of festive events and festivals. Almost every day there are several dozen kinds of holidays, from religious and cultural activities to sports. In the days of nationwide celebrations almost all the shops, banks and offices are closed. Many States also have their own weekends associated with local festivals or religious holidays (in some States, for example, good Friday is the incomplete working day).
Almost half of the country is in a festive euphoria and not working during the Superbowl (the final competition in American football, the end of January) or the Stanley Cup final hockey (April-may). In February or March is the famous festival of Mardi-Gras (Mardi Gras) in New Orleans, collecting a few hundred thousand participants and tourists from all over the world. In the middle of March is St. Patrick’s Day, accompanied by numerous parades and ethnic ceremonies, which was originally a folk holiday of the Irish community, in recent times it has become a national holiday that is celebrated with particular fervor in new York and Chicago. In may held a famous Derby of Kentucky (Kentucky Derby, Louisville).
Independence day (commemorates the signing of the Declaration of independence July 4, 1776) – the main national holiday of the United States. These days, almost the entire country conducts various Patriotic and historical ceremony, gets a lot of fireworks and parades, meetings and theatrical performances. Huge popularity and festive “gathering” National Hobo Convention in Britt (Iowa, August).
Halloween (the eve of All Saints, 31 October) – one of the favorite and most fun holidays of the country, especially for children, who dress up in costumes of various characters from mythology, go home and demand gifts. In parallel, “in an adult environment” organize various celebrations, parties, mass entertainment and other “outrages”. In West Hollywood, Greenwich village (new York) and Castro (San Francisco) the holiday is accompanied by mass masquerades, a huge charity concerts and thousands of private “party”, although Halloween is not a public holiday.
One of the “home” country holidays – thanksgiving (last Thursday in November, is celebrated in honor of the first harvest, literally saved the settlers of Massachusetts from starvation in the period of development of the country, XVII.). These days, all the relatives gather at the family table, cooked, roasted Turkey, pumpkin pie and other traditional dishes, ascends thank the Lord and there are many quiet “community” of the holidays.
Christmas and Easter – the most important national event in the USA, not only for Christians. People decorate the buildings with colored lights and hang ornaments on a Christmas tree or put up various Church scenes in the Windows of homes, exchange gifts, go to Church and have religious festivals, and Americans are renowned for their inexhaustible ingenuity in these matters.
National holidays also belong Day Martin Luther king day (third Monday in January), celebrated in honor of a fighter for civil rights of African Americans, as well as presidents Day (third Monday of February in honor of the birthdays of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other American presidents.
It is widely known regional events typically include the Festival of cowboy poetry in Elko, January), Winter carnival Saint Paul, mn (January), the Iceworm festival in Cordoba and Ice festival in Fairbanks (Alaska, February-March), auto racing in Daytona beach (FL, February), the jazz festival at Fort Worden, Washington, February), Boston marathon (mA, March), sled dog race “Iditarod” in Alaska (early March), the international festival of Louisiana at Lafayette (April), Easter pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayo in new Mexico (April), jazz festival JazzFest in New Orleans (Louisiana, April-may), folk festival of the black mountains (North Carolina, may), Festival of Appalachian culture in Charleston and Elkins (Wyoming, may and August), 500-mile race Indianapolis (Indiana, may), a Grand three-day Chicago Blues Festival (considered the largest festival of its kind in the world, the first weekend of June) or the June fan Fair in Nashville (Tennessee).
Also extremely popular Mountain games in Blowing Rock (North Carolina, July), the frontier Days in Cheyenne (WY, July), the national Basque festival in Elko, July), the Olympics of the indigenous peoples of America in Fairbanks (Alaska, July), Rodeo Powwow and Rodeo in Fort Totten (nd, July), the Great circus parade in Milwaukee (Wisconsin, July), the Cherry festival in Traverse city, Michigan, July), mountain festival in Asheville (North Carolina, August) Inter-tribal Indian ceremony in Gallup (new Mexico, August), folk and jazz festival in Newport, Rhode island, August folklore festival in San Antonio, Texas, August), the festival of Sturgis (South Dakota, August) or the mushroom Festival in Telluride (Colorado, late August).
Widely known September Days of pioneer (Fort worth, Texas), a Blues festival in Greenville (Mississippi), a whole series of festive events on the eve of Los Angeles, CA (September 4), the Fair of the South plains in Lubbock (TX), jazz festival in Monterey (CA), Fiestas de Santa Fe (new Mexico), the jazz festival in Savannah (GA); October Festival of balloons in Albuquerque (new Mexico), Festival of arts Moya in Charleston (SC), Blues festival in Helen (AZ), Helldorado Days in Tombstone (AZ) and hundreds of other colorful festivals and celebrations.