American Holidays

Multigenerational family sitting around table of food (© Hsiao-Ching Chou)

Chinese Americans plan traditional New Year’s feasts

A food editor, a cooking teacher, a cookbook writer and a blogger share their thoughts about traditional Lunar New Year feasts.
Children playing next to mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. (© David Butow/Corbis/Getty Images)

At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

In the U.S., dozens of schools are named after civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Learn how three of them embody his teachings all year.
Crystal ball on pole (© Ryan Paraggio/Countdown Entertainment)

Ball drop goes virtual for New Year’s Eve

Learn how the famous New Year's Eve celebration in New York will be different this year and how you can join the party wherever you are.
People holding numbers on sticks to form 2021, with sparkler for the 1 (© Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock)

Multigenerational households meet the new year

Many American families are planning toned-down celebrations for the new year in light of COVID-19. Here's more on how they'll spend it — together.
Composite photo that includes Santa with bag over his shoulder, radar screen, military aircraft, a planet and Christmas decorations (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Santa’s accidental helper [audio]

StoryCorps is a project that collects interviews with Americans as they share their experiences. In this story, learn why NORAD tracks Santa each year.
A billboard with 'Take Out To Help Out' in neon lights (© Mark Lennihan/AP Images)

Celebrating a season of kindness [photo gallery]

The holidays are somewhat different this year, due to constraints imposed by the pandemic. But Americans are still honoring the spirit of the season.
Decorated mantel topped with small replicas of buildings (White House/Andrea Hanks)

White House Christmas decorations include a quiet tribute

The first lady's holiday decorations are mostly traditional this year, but with one important exception that still fits into the overall theme.
Blue-and-white candles in a menorah next to potato pancakes on a silver plate (© Larry Crowe/AP Images)

Celebrating Hanukkah, safely and joyfully, in 2020

Learn how American Jews will embrace their traditions at Hanukkah, while keeping themselves and their neighbors safe during a public health crisis.
Rainbow of autumn symbols and colors surrounding pumpkin (© Tatiana Kuzmina/Shutterstock)

At Thanksgiving, Americans reach out to those in need

Learn how two U.S. charities are helping the needy on Thanksgiving Day while navigating new safety requirements during a public health crisis.