English Lessons: Holidays and Celebrations

Holidays and Celebrations

Holidays and Celebrations

holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work including school, are suspended or reduced.

Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance.

Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, the type of job held or personal choices.

Holidays and Celebration Exercises

Saint Patrick’s day?Valentine’s Day
April Fool’s DayEaster
Father’s dayHalloween
Memorial DayThanks Giving
Mother’s dayChristmas
Independence’s DayNew Year’s Eve
Labor dayMartin Luther King, Jr. Day
New Year’s Day

Read  the sentences and complete them  by choosing one of the holidays above

  1. Celebrated on fourth thursday in November:______________
  2. Celebrated  on January First:___________________
  3. Celebratedon December 25th:_______________
  4. Celebrated  on the third Monday inJanuary:____________
  5. Celebratedon February 14th:____________________________
  6. Celebrated  on March 17tht:_______________
  7. Celebratedon December 31st:__________
  8. Celebrated  on AprilFirst:_________________
  9. Celebrated on the Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th:_____________
  10. Celebrated  on  thesecond Sunday of may:______________
  11. Celebratedon  the last Monday inMay:_________________
  12. Celebrated  on  thethird Sunday of june_______________
  13. Celebratedon July 4th:________________
  14. Celebrated  on SeptemberFirst:___________
  15. Celebratedon October 31st:_____________

Holidays and Celebrations Quiz

Holidays and Celebrations

Test your knowledge about holidays and celebrations with this quiz

Holidays and Celebrations Reading and Listening Exercises


  1. Halloween
  2. New Year’s Eve
  3. Independence Day
  4. Labor Day
  5. Thanksgiving Day
  6. Christmas Day
  7. Valentine’s Day
  8. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
  9. Veteran’s Day
  10. Martin Luther King Day
  11. April Fool’s Day


  1. Everyday conversations: Christmas traditions
  2. April Fools’ Day
  3. Everyday conversations: Holiday season in the U.S.
  4. St. Patrick’s Day
  5. Halloween
  6. Everyday conversations: Thanksgiving in the U.S.
  7. Gaby’s Favorite Holidays
  8. Everyday conversations: What’s your Halloween costume?
  9. Valentine’s Day Facts
  10. Groundhog Day
  11. Independence Day
  12. Mother’s Day
  13. Thanksgiving Dinner

Independence Day Resources

Independe Day is civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independencespecifically

July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Independence Day Resources: Vocabulary


Independence Day Resources: Reading

A small town in the smallest state is home to the oldest Fourth of July celebration.

On July 4th 1777 citizens in Bristol (population 22,000) in the state of Rhode Island (population 1 million), fired 13 canon-shots representing the 13 states of the original United States. In 1785 the first parade was organized and every year since then Bristol has remembered Independence Day.

The Bristol Fourth of July Celebration involves the whole town. There is something for everyone, including a colorful parade, a Miss Fourth of July contest (and Little Miss for girls between 7 and 10), there is even a visit by a US Navy ship to Bristol harbor, and 13 shots are still fired from a canon.

In addition to these traditional celebrations there are also some modern events, such as a photography contest, a lottery, and a drum and bugle contest, and many official souvenirs can be bought. It is the combination of the traditional and modern that attracts so many visitors to the small town of Bristol for this famous Independence Day celebration.

  1. What’s the small town that is the home of the fourth of July?
  2. What does the 13 canon-shots represent?
  3. What are two traditional activities that take place in Bristol?
  4. What are some modern activities that take place in the Bristol?
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