5 Festivals Celebrated In North America
From music carnivals to local heritage fests, fine food delicacies to cowboy poetry gatherings, North America’s festivals show off the best of the continent’s diverse cultures, cities and landscapes. These are the top 5 festivals celebrated in north america.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans – USA
Mardi Gras is to the States what Carnival is to Brazil. Not just in a ‘they’re both big on faux glamour’ kind of way, but more the fact they both mark the same celebration. Literally translating to ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French, Mardi Gras, like Carnival, marks the day before traditional fasting sets in on Ash Wednesday. Kicking off on the day before Ash Wednesday, exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday, Mardi Gras changes year-to-year, though tends to occur around the end of February beginning of March.
Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States, and possibly one of the most important holidays of the year. The celebration commemorates the fact that back in 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress declared their independence from the British Crown. Nowadays, this day is a celebration of all-things-American, from hot dogs and country music to exercising the freedom to choose and express yourself.
Fiesta- San Antonio
It is a great celebration of culture of San Antonio in North American region. The people gather together to become a part of a grand Fiesta that lasts for eleven days. The festival has a big role to play for the community of San Antonio. The Fiesta is a complete package of fun events like food competitions, parades and other inspiring acts. The people also pay homage to veterans through this festival.
Halloween & Thanks Giving
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
In the US, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. President Abraham Lincoln was the first US president to officially declare the festival as the last Thursday in November. It began as a day where people took the opportunity of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
In the US, the celebration is often recognised as an event that took place when English colonists held a feast to thank Native Americans for helping them start new lives in the US.
Christmas Eve/Day (24/25 December)
Although this Christian festival is celebrated in many countries around the globe, Americans came up with a number of original holiday traditions. In recent years, Christmas decorations now go up almost immediately after Thanksgiving. Houses are decorated with mistletoes, fairy lights, a Christmas tree, and other seasonal indoor and outdoor decorations. Many people use this time to shop for gifts and take it as an opportunity to do charitable work.