American Holidays

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Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.
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While keeping Holi, some Americans will welcome spring in summer

This year, Americans are adapting their Holi celebrations to the realities of a pandemic, but festivities are still being planned — carefully.
Table setting with flowers and greenery for Nowruz (© Ali Sadr)

Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Mindful of the ongoing pandemic, U.S. museums and cultural centers are helping Americans celebrate Nowruz safely and joyfully in 2021.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.