American Holidays

Line of people and large cross silhouetted at sunrise (© Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Religious celebrations and culture in the U.S.

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
Three champagne glasses filled with grapes (© Larry Crowe/AP Images)

Eat this for good luck in the new year

On New Year's Eve, many people follow traditions and fill up on superstitious dishes they hope will bring them wealth and good fortune in the upcoming year.
People wearing red costumes and dancing (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

Winter holidays in the U.S. [photo gallery]

Dancing and singing, Americans celebrate winter holidays with joyful tunes. This photo gallery shows moments of jubilation across the United States.
Pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/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.
Long table of military personnel eating a meal and talking and laughing (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez)

In pictures: U.S. troops celebrate Thanksgiving

Though far from home, Thanksgiving traditions old and new are carried on and shared by U.S. troops wherever they are around the world.
Photo of Pompeo with text about importance of veterans and service (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

November 11: A celebration of military veterans [infographic]

Veterans Day is a November federal holiday in the United States that celebrates those who have served in the armed forces.
Woman holding ram's horn as girl blows into it (© Nathan Bilow/AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Drawing of workers in different occupations (Shutterstock)

How Labor Day is celebrated in America [video]

The U.S. celebrates Labor Day every year on the first Monday in September. Watch how Americans honor workers on this day.
Construction workers sitting on girder high above city (© Granger)

Labor Day: Honoring the U.S. worker for 125 years

Learn more about the past, present and future U.S. workforce — and what that means for economic prosperity around the world.