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Black History Month | All About the Holidays

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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?

Holi | All About the Holidays

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Also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love, Holi is a South Asian spring festival celebrating Hindu traditions and the goodness of life. Celebrations might include music, shared foods, and messy colorful fun!

Vesak | All About the Holidays

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Also known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Day, Vesak is an important Buddhist festival celebrating the history of the religion. Celebrated on the first full moon in May, Buddhists may go to a temple to chant, pray, or mediate.

Eid al Fitr | All About the Holidays

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Eid al Fitr is a three day holiday that ends the Islamic month of Ramadan. Known as the "Festival of breaking fast," Muslims will celebrate with family and food after the end of a long fast, joining with one another for prayer and other traditions.

Father's Day | All About the Holidays

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Father's Day is a special holiday where we honor the fathers in our lives. Each year we celebrate all of the dads, grandfathers and father figures that make us who we are.

Mardis Gras | All About the Holidays

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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.

Texas Independence Day | All About the Holidays

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Back in 1836, Texas became its own nation, declaring its independence from Mexico before joining the United States. Now each year on March 2nd, Texans celebrate their fight for independence.

International Youth Day | All About the Holidays

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International Youth Day is a day for kids just like you! It's a time to stop and think about the issues affecting your generation on a global scale. How will you honor your day?

Oktoberfest | All About the Holidays

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Originating in Munich in 1810, Oktoberfest is now an event celebrating the customs and heritage of Germany. While Munich's Oktoberfest is the largest, some cities in the U.S. also hold celebrations for this festival of food, dance, and lederhosen!

Presidents Day | All About the Holidays

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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.

Early American Political Party Development

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Political parties are a very large part of modern politics in the United States. It is hard to imagine US politics, or even how government would function in the US, without political parties. Yet, the Constitution does not mention political parties. In fact, the first two political parties in the US emerged over disputes concerning the ratification of the Constitution. These became known as the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, or the Democratic-Republicans. The Federalists wanted a strong federal government; the Democratic-Republicans (Anti-Federalists) wanted a weak federal government. Since this early dispute, a great number of other disputes have resulted in the emergence of an equally great number of political parties that have sought to participate in government. Review the sources in the media gallery to learn about the early history of politics and political parties in the United States. Pay close attention to what these images and descriptions say about this early political disputes and parties. These images will help you complete the worksheet in the Support Materials.

Hanukkah | All About the Holidays

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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.

Halloween | All About the Holidays

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Halloween hasn't always been about candy and costumes. Take a look back at the historical traditions about spirits that are the basis for this holiday. You're in for a treat!

Christmas | All About the Holidays

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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!

Valentine's Day | All About the Holidays

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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.

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