American holidays

Girl speaking at lectern in front of large group of people at the Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)

Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
Confetti descending on huge crowd (© AP Images)

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.
Doorway with trees and flags leading to a Christmas tree ((© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Decking the White House halls

The White House's holiday decorations conjure up a winter fantasy each year. See how the magic happens with trees, ornaments and more.
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.
A pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
2017 National Christmas Tree lighting in front of the White House (© AP Images)

Merry Christmas from the White House [video]

Every year there is a ceremony in Washington to light the National Christmas Tree. Watch President Trump's Christmas message.
President Trump and others standing next to a turkey (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.
Woman with elaborate face painting (© AP Images)

Americans adopt Day of the Dead traditions

A Mexican holiday honoring the dead has become increasingly popular in the United States, with revelers blending pre-Columbian and Roman Catholic customs.
Woman holding a ram's horn as another woman blows into it (© AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This is the first in a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.