Holidays

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Have you ever stopped to wonder why we wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Thanksgiving in November, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources.

  • Hanukkah | All About the Holidays

    Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Christmas | All About the Holidays

    Christmas Day isn't just a holiday for Christians. Learn about the various traditions that people hold to celebrate it. Then have yourself a merry little Christmas!

    Grades: 2-6
  • Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays

    Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

    Grades: 2-6
  • New Years Day | All About the Holidays

    3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! On January 1st around the world, people celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Some people make resolutions for the new year or attend parties to celebrate. How do other cultures celebrate the new year?

    Grades: K-5
  • Chinese New Year | All About the Holidays

    Learn more about the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year, a celebration of good fortune at the end of winter celebrated by Chinese people around the world. How do you celebrate the new year?

    Grades: K-5
  • Presidents Day | All About the Holidays

    Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Martin Luther King Day | All About the Holidays

    The third Monday in January is a national holiday observing the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more about this leader of the civil rights movement and about how we honor him today.

    Grades: K-5
  • The 100th Day of School | All About the Holidays

    The 100th day of school is an important milestone in the school year recognized in elementary schools across America. How does your school recognize its first 100 days?

    Grades: K-5
  • Black History Month | All About the Holidays

    The month of February honors the important role African-Americans play in the story of our country. Across the United States, schools and communities organize to learn more about black history and culture. How is Black History Month recognized in your community?

    Grades: K-5
  • Groundhog Day | All About the Holidays

    Is it time for spring or will we have six more weeks of winter? Why does a groundhog get to decide? Find out more about the history of this holiday and about Punxsutawney Phil.

    Grades: K-5
  • Valentine's Day | All About the Holidays

    No one knows for sure who St. Valentine was, but we still honor him with a holiday. Listen to one legend about who he was, and discover more about this celebration of love.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Mardis Gras | All About the Holidays

    46 days before Easter is Mardi Gras, a festival of food and dance recognized around the world. In the United States, parades and parties in places like New Orleans, Louisiana take over the city during the celebration.

    Grades: K-5