Holidays

Lesson 8: J. Sterling Morton

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Today, J. Sterling Morton is best known as the co-founder of Arbor Day. Living in Nebraska City, Morton carefully watched the growth of the Nebraska Territory through all its ups and downs. He did not believe Nebraska was a Great American Desert, but quite the opposite. He believed in Nebraska's agriculture, and the honorable work of farmers. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

The History of Mother's Day in WV

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Examine the efforts of Anna Jarvis to honor her mother with the creation of an annual Mother's Day.

El Dia de los Muertos | Georgia Stories

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More than 250,000 people of Mexican heritage live in Georgia. They bring with them not only a different language, but a variety of customs and beliefs that enrich Georgia's culture. The Day of the Dead is one of them. Many people join in the Day of the Dead celebration at Atlanta's Mexican Cultural Center on November 1-2. It is a little like Halloween, not only because of the date, but also because skeletons are used to represent death.

New Years Day | All About the Holidays

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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?

Patriots' Day | All About the Holidays

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The third Monday in April is Patriots' Day! This special holiday commemorates the historic battles at Lexington and Concord during the American Revolutionary War. Today, we use Patriots' Day to honor the sacrifices American colonists made while overthrowing British rule.

Purim | All About the Holidays

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Purim is a Jewish holiday honoring the biblical story of Queen Esther. In synagogues around the world, the story is read and fun traditions are followed to honor her and the Persian Jews she saved as queen.

Wyoming Day Grades K-5 | Wyoming Voices

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Students will learn about Wyoming's  territorial history in celebration of Wyoming Day.

St. Patrick's Day | All About the Holidays

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You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. What do you like about St. Patrick's Day?

Rosh Hashanah | All About the Holidays

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Learn about the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in this quick video. Help students understand the traditions and history behind The Jewish New Year.

International Women's Day | All About the Holidays

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Every year on March 8th, the world honors the accomplishments and struggles faced by women through International Women's Day. While the rights of women have advanced since the holiday's beginnings in 1911, the day is a special time to acknowledge the struggles women still face today.

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