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How America rings in the new year

Americans celebrate the beginning of the new year with time-honored traditions including special foods, parties, fireworks and midnight kisses.
Woman in headdress and embroidered blouse placing candles in a candelabra (© AP Images)

Americans celebrate their African heritage during Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a seven-day event in the U.S. based on African festivals and celebrated through music and dance from December 26 through January 1.
Group of costumed people standing in snow around fire (© Erika Larsen/National Geographic Creative)

German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
Second lady Karen Pence, dressed in green (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice president’s wife puts spotlight on art therapy

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Pence, champions both children and art therapy as she travels with her husband around the world.
Circle of hands holding red ribbons (© AP Images)

We’re closer than ever to ending HIV/AIDS this World AIDS Day

Latest U.S. government data show historic highs in HIV prevention and treatment as people around the globe celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1.
Students looking at teacher holding solar panels (Josh Bauer/Dept. of Energy)

Students flourish in programs that boost tribal communities

Native American culture and traditions are passed down at colleges operated by American Indian tribes with support from the U.S. government.
Woman standing against wall with four children (© Sarah Day Smith/PEPFAR)

‘Historic moment’ in the global HIV/AIDS response

The United States, through PEPFAR, has helped not only to save and improve millions of lives, but also has transformed the global HIV/AIDS response.
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Thanksgiving turkey stops by the White House before going to college

Each year in the U.S., the president kicks off the winter holiday season in an official "turkey pardoning" ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
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Namibia curbing HIV with help of U.S. telemedicine

World AIDS Day is December 1. A U.S.-backed video conference program helps accelerate the race to end HIV/AIDS worldwide.