Today is Presidents' Day in the U.S. This holiday honors all past Presidents. It is celebrated on the third Monday in February.
Until 1971, Americans celebrated George Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays. Washington was the country's first President. Lincoln was President during the Civil War. They were both born in February.
In 1971, the government made the two holidays into one -- Presidents' Day. It is always on a Monday so workers and students can have a long weekend.
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Many countries celebrate Valentine's Day, February 14th. People exchange cards with those they love. They may buy them gifts, like candy and flowers. Children send cards to their friends . . .
Today, many people have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. If they are not part of a couple, they may feel left out. If they are part of a couple, they may feel pushed into buying something for their partner . . . No matter how they feel about Valentine's Day, it's part of the year for most people.
From Each Week for a Year, by Jane Wangersky. This e-book covers holidays and many other parts of life in North America. There are Canadian and American editions. You can read more of the books by clicking on "Preview" under the descriptions. (This will open a PDF.)
You can order one from Lulu.com and print the pages on your own computer. It takes only a few minutes and costs only $25.
would just like to know more about life in the USA,
this book is for you.
Each Week for a Yearbrings you 52 short, easy readings on American customs, holidays, and daily life.
What is Groundhog Day? When do American children go to school? How can you get help in an emergency? Should you give money to the waiter in a restaurant? Find the answers to all these questions and many more. To preview the book, click here.
Download it from Lulu.com and print just the pages you need, or read them on your computer. It takes only a few minutes, and costs only $25 (US). That's less than a dollar for each reading.
Each Week for a Year is written by Jane Wangersky, editor of this site. It's based on questions her ESL students asked over the years.