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Every country has its national holidays, but there are also holidays that are common for many countries. New Year’s Day is the first holiday of each new year.
In Russia it is the most popular holiday, but in the West people pay more attention to Christmas. On this holiday we light coloured lamps on our New Year Tree and have a late dinner, we watch TV and go out for a late walk. Everybody gets presents.
In Russia we also have holidays commemorating some important events in our history, for example, Victory Day, Constitution Day. There are also holidays like May Day and Women’s Day. The most important religious holidays are Christmas and Easter. In Russia Christmas is celebrated on January, 7, but in Europe and in USA, on December, 25.
In Great Britain there are also many holidays. Bank Holidays were appointed by Act of Parliament in 1871. They are: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August and December, 26 – Boxing day. Other public holidays are: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and May Day. Pancake Day, Guy Faukes’ Night, St. Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, Mother’s Day are tradition holidays.
In USA each state has the right to decide which holiday to observe. The main holiday in the USA is Independent Day, celebrated on July,4. On that day in 1776, the Declaration of Independent was adopted. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It has been celebrated since the 17th century, when the English colonists decided to celebrate the end of their first year in America and to give thanks to God. Columbus Day on October, 12 commemorates the discovery of America. People also celebrate here Labour Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day. There are many holiday in the world.