The people of Peru celebrate Thanksgiving

United States of America

In America there are some public holidays like ours, for example New Years on January 1st or Christmas on December 25th (but not on December 26th). Many of the public holidays that are not worked on are on a Monday. It was established in 1971.

So is the third Monday in January Martin Luther King Day, the third Monday in February Washington's Birthday (George Washington's birthday), too Presidents' Day called. Labor day (Labor Day) is the first Monday in September and Columbus Day the second Monday in October. On the other hand, Independence Day is always celebrated on July 4th. It is the national holiday of the USA, because on July 4th, 1776 they declared themselves independent. There are parades and fireworks.


The most important family festival is in America Thanksgiving. It is a kind of harvest festival, Thanksgiving means thanksgiving. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. All generations of a family come together, even if they live widely. There is a lot of traffic on airports and roads at this time.

Traditionally, a turkey is served with the meal (Turkey). It has to cook in the oven for hours. There is also a large selection of side dishes such as sweet potatoes, corn on the cob and Waldorf salad. There are sweet pies for dessert.

It's the Friday after Thanksgiving Black Friday, Black Friday. Then there are big discounts in the shops and everyone goes shopping.


You probably know Halloween too, because we have been celebrating it for a few years now. On October 31, the boys and girls go through the streets in scary disguises, ringing the neighbors' bells and calling "Trick or Treat"(Trick or treat!). They get candy - or play a prank if they don't get anything. It is also common to put carved pumpkins in front of the houses.

Christmas - Christmas

Christmas is celebrated a little differently in America than here. After Thanksgiving, the Christmas decorations begin. Many Americans love to lavishly equip their houses and to attach countless fairy lights and set up brightly colored figures. Christmas markets like the ones we have in every city are not known in America. Christmas Cookies (Christmas cookies) is also very popular in America.

A Santa Claus who puts something in a boot on December 6th is not known in America. But the figure that goes back to Saint Nicholas is identical to Santa Claus in the USA. He then brings the Christmas presents and will Father Christmas or mostly Santa Claus called, in short: Santa.

As with us, it is also a tradition to put up a Christmas tree. Often this is done at the beginning of December! Many families cut down the tree themselves, others just put up a plastic tree.

Many families attend church services in the evening on December 24th. The gifts are not given on December 24th, but only on December 25th, the Christmas Day (just like in the UK)! Santa Claus travels through the air in his sleigh pulled by eight reindeer and comes into the houses through the chimney. Traditionally, stockings are hung by the fireplace in which Santa Claus puts small gifts.

In some families the children put a glass of milk and biscuits for Santa Claus in the living room on the evening of December 24th. On the 25th you have to get up early because: "Santa was here! Wake up!" , so: "Santa Claus was there, wake up!". Glass and plate are now empty, there are lots of presents for that!

The Christmas dinner is on the evening of December 25th. As with Thanksgiving, it is a turkey in many families, and ham or roast beef in others. December 26th, however, is not a public holiday.

One wishes for Christmas "Merry Christmas!" You can often see the word on Christmas cards Xmas for Christmas. This is not just an abbreviation, but comes from the fact that the X in the Greek spelling is the first letter of Christ.