2 IntroductionPeople in every culture celebrate holidays. Although the word "holiday"literally means "holy day," most American holidays are not religious, butcommemorative in nature and origin. Because the nation is blessed with richethnic heritage it is possible to trace some of the American holidays to diversecultural sources and traditions, but all holidays have taken on a distinctivelyAmerican flavor. In the United States, the word "holiday" is synonymous with"celebration! "In the strict sense, there are no federal (national) holidays in the UnitedStates. Each of the 50 states has jurisdiction over its holidays. In practice,however, most states observe the federal ("legal or public ") holidays, eventhough the President and Congress can legally designate holidays only forfederal government employees.
3 Dr. Martin Luther King (the third Monday of every January)
4 Civil rights demonstration, August 28, 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial
5 Washington’s birthday or “Presidents Day” (third monday in February) G. WashingtonA.Lincoln
6 George Washington and Abraham Lincoln G.WashingtonA. LIncoln