Top 3 traditional festivals in America

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Halloween
Halloween

If you have a chance to enjoy one of the most amazing festival in America? Which festival do you choose. the following list is Top 3 traditional festivals in America.

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1, Christmas Eve/Day (December 24th and 25th)

Christmas Eve/Day
Christmas Eve/Day

Although this Christian festival is, of course, celebrated in many countries around the globe, Americans did come up with a number of original holiday traditions. On Christmas Eve, many American families like hanging stockings over the fireplace, often with their names on them. Homes are decorated with mistletoes, holly, a Christmas tree, and other seasonal decorations. Outdoor decorations – such as fairy lights or Santa Claus figures – have become very popular as well.

Children often leave milk and cookies by the fireplace for Santa Claus, who will slide down the chimney at midnight and bring gifts for everybody. The main celebration takes place on Christmas day, often with a big family dinner.

As we have pointed out elsewhere in this expat guide, the US is home to a highly diverse populace. Christmas is only one of a number of festivals taking place towards the end of the year; others include Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, for example.

However, although public institutions, people working in retail, and some employers usually try to keep the festive season nondenominational and all-inclusive (e.g. wishing people “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”), Christmas does have an inescapable quality to it. Walking through your neighborhood or your local mall or browsing the online retailers for gifts, you will soon notice that Christmas is the main focus of the season.

2, Valentine’s Day (February 14th)

Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day is historically not an American holiday, the contemporary version popularized around the world draws heavily from the American tradition. On this day, couples proclaim their love to each other, giving each other roses, candy, or other gifts, some of which can be rather upscale.

Sending one another Valentine’s greetings is also a common practice on this day. Please do not mistake them for signals of romantic interest. Most of the time, they are just friendly reminders that someone holds you dear and is thinking of you.

As the holiday has been heavily commercialized for decades, it is not without its detractors. Not everyone is willing to extend or receive Valentine’s greetings. It might be a good idea to just wait until your first Valentine’s Day in the US and see how the people around you celebrate, rather than rushing head first into (possibly unwanted or frowned upon) displays of affection.

3, Halloween (October 31st)

Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day

Although Halloween is not a federal holiday, it is very popular throughout the entire country. It was brought to the US by Irish immigrants, who used to celebrate the evening before the Catholic festival of All Saints’ Day. Once, it was all about remembering the souls that had not made it up to heaven and keeping the transience of earthly existence in mind. It was probably this memento mori aspect that introduced the widespread use of skulls as the representative symbol, which was ultimately extended to include other symbols of death and decay.

Today, the main focus is in dressing up in scary – or at least creative – costumes and attending parties. Carved pumpkins, so-called jack-o-lanterns, are an omnipresent sight on Halloween, adorning doorsteps, window sills, and virtually any other location around the house. Children go out to “trick-or-treat”, which means going from door to door collecting candy. Whoever refuses to give any is in for some pranks.