American holidays

Men in costumes reenacting fight in battle (© Andrew Winning/Reuters)

Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican — and American —...

In 1862, the Mexican Army pushed back a French invasion. Today, it's celebrated as Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. Why? Read more here.
Three children in old photograph (Courtesy of Ambassador Michèle Taylor)

U.S. Ambassador Michèle Taylor, descendant of Holocaust survivors

Ambassador Michèle Taylor, U.S. permanent representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council, shares her family's history during the Holocaust.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan walking through doorway (© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEWpress/Getty Images)

Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.
Woman and Jalal Kimia playing dafs (Courtesy of Jalal Kimia)

Americans welcome Nowruz with music [video]

Two Iranian-born, U.S.-based musicians explain how music connects people of different backgrounds as they gather for the Nowruz holiday.
Girls performing an Irish dance in a parade (© Shiho Fukada/AP Images)

Everyone is Irish on March 17

When people think of St. Patrick's Day, they usually think of green clothes, corned beef and parades — none of which are originally Irish!
Left photo: Ronald Reagan sitting in chair next to radio equipment (© AP Images) Center photo: Jimmy Carter holding crops at his peanut farm (© PhotoQuest/Getty Images) Right photo: Gerald Ford wearing park ranger uniform in front of park office (Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)

U.S. presidents come from many professions

Many U.S. presidents previously held elective office, but not all. And some once held unusual jobs, which started them on their way.
President Reagan shopping for Valentine's Day cards (Ronald Reagan Presidential Library/National Archives and Records Administration)

In the Valentine’s Day archives: Love from presidents

U.S. presidents aren't shy about showing their wives some love, especially on Valentine's Day. Read some of their love letters — and tweets.
People looking at decorative items hanging in stall (© Li Jianguo/Xinhua/Getty Images)

Americans greet the Year of the Tiger with a cautious roar

Many cities are moving ahead carefully amid the pandemic with outdoor festivities celebrating the Lunar New Year.
People walking around Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s day of service [video]

On the holiday recognizing Martin Luther King Jr., many Americans honor him by performing acts of service for their communities.