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  1. Holidays of Asbury Park

  2. Created by: • Danielle • Tashona • Ja’Merah • Bryana

  3. New Years • Every year it is celebrated on the first of January. The big celebration happens the night before, New Year’s Eve (December 31st). On that night everyone stays up late and watches the crystal ball drop at midnight in New York City. New Year’s Day is celebrated in many different ways, some quietly, some make lists of things to do in the new year, and some spend the day with their family.

  4. Martian Luther King Jr. Day • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an inspirational leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He helped organize many civil right marches and protests. His work helped gain fair treatment for African Americans and other minorities. His dream was that out county would be a place where people were judged by their character, not the color of their skin. We celebrate his life on the 15th of January.

  5. Black History Month • We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. When he was in Harvard he was upset to find that the history books ignored the black American population. He decided to write books himself. In 1926 he started Negro History Week to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. He chose the second week of February for Negro History Week. We now concentrate on African American History throughout the entire month of February.

  6. Ground Hog’s Day • Some think that the day started in Punxsutawney, PA on Feb. 2, 1887 some people say it started before in 1841. The Germans called it Candlemas Day and said the Groundhog peeps out of his winter home and if he sees his shadow he pops back inside for another 6 weeks nap, but if it is cloudy he stays out and the weather will be milder. .

  7. Valentine’s Day • We celebrate this holiday because St. Valentine helped to marry young couples in love. He was captured and sentenced to death, but before he died he cured his capture’s daughter of being blind. People threw flowers to his window. Before he was killed he wrote a letter to the girl in gratitude and hope. He signed it’ ’From your Valentine.’’ He was killed on February 14, 270bc. Today people still give flowers and candy to their loved ones. Valentine’s Day is a day we share love for one another. On Valentine’s Day people buy candy and flowers for one another. Some couples go out for Valentine’s Day to spend time together.

  8. President’s Day • This day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February. It is a day to honor our first president, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln as well as all of the other men who have served as president of the United States of America.

  9. Women’s History Month • As recently as the 1970’s women’s history was not a topic in the history books in schools. In 1987, the National Women's History Project made the month of March a time to celebrate women in history. This has made more people interested in learning the contributions that women have made to our country and in the world.

  10. St. Patrick’s Day • The first Saint Patrick’s Day in North America was held in Boston in 1737 on March 17th. There are still big parades and people wear green. There are many legends about Saint Patrick. Some say he got rid of all the snakes in Ireland by beating drums. They say that the fish rise from the sea on March 17 as they pass by Patrick's altar and then disappear.

  11. Easter • Easter is celebrated in the spring. It is a celebration of Jesus rising from the dead. We celebrate is by giving others Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and jellybeans. We also have egg hunts. The adults hide colorful eggs and the children look for them. We slot get new dresses or suits and go to church. In Asbury Park we have an Easter parade on the boardwalk where people show off their new clothes.

  12. Mother’s Day • Mother’s Day started about 150 years ago when Anna Jarvis organized a day to raise awareness of the conditions in her town she called it “Mother’s work Day”. She said “I hope and pray that someone, sometime will found a memorial Mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mother's. In 1914 President Wilson made it a national holiday. We now celebrate this day on the second Sunday of May. We show our mothers how much we love them on this day.

  13. Memorial Day • Memorial Day is May 30th but it is celebrated on the last Monday of the month. It is a day to honor the soldiers who died in the American Civil War and any other war or military action. We celebrate this holiday by visiting cemeteries and putting flags on the graves of soldiers.

  14. Father’s Day • The first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910. In 1966 President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as “Father’s Day’> It has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure.

  15. 4th of July • Another name for the 4th of July is Independence Day. We celebrate this day because on this day we declared our independence from Britain and our democracy was born. Each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate our freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, family gatherings, and fireworks.

  16. Labor Day • Labor Day is celebrated on the 1st Monday in September. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. It is a celebration dedicated to the workers that make our country successful. Most people do not work on this day. A lot of towns have parades to celebrate.

  17. Columbus Day • In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to find an easier route to Asia. On October 12, 1492 his sailors saw land. On that day his 3 ships (Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria) reached the small islands of the Bahamas. Columbus claimed the land for Spain. Because of his travels more people came to the Americas from Europe. We celebrate Columbus Day on the 2nd Monday of October.

  18. Halloween • The holiday of Halloween came to the US in the 1840’s by Irish immigrants.It started as “All Hallows Eve”. Some people thought they needed to drive away evil spirits and they did this by dressing as ghosts and witches and they would go around begging for “soul cakes”. Now people dress up every October 31 and go to people’s homes asking for candy. We carve jack-o-lanterns and light a candle and puit it inside the cut pumpkin.

  19. Election Day • Every four years people in the United States elect a president. In 1854 congress established Election Day as the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. On that day, registered voters cast their votes for people running for the president of the United States of America.

  20. Veterans Day • It used to be called Armistice Day. On November 11, 1918 the German’s had to sign the Armistice to stop fighting in WWI. In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson said we should reflect, feel pride, and give thanks for the people who helped fight for freedoms in our country. In 1938 it became a holiday and is celebrated on November 11 each year. We fly our flag on this day.

  21. Thanksgiving • On November 16, 1621 the Pilgrims had a Thanksgiving party. They invited their American Indian friends. This party lasted 3 days. The Pilgrims gave thanks to god and the American Indians for helping them survive in their new land. We celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November. We gather with our family and give thanks for all we have.

  22. Christmas • Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. We celebrate it because it was the day of Jesus Christ’s birthday. On Christmas Eve we put up and decorate a tree. Our families get together, eat dinner and sing songs. At night Santa Clause comes to each child’s home and puts presents under the tree. On Christmas we open our gifts from Santa. To celebrate Jesus’ birthday people go to church. This is how we celebrate Christmas in Asbury Park.

  23. Kwanza is celebrated on December 26 through January1st. Kwanza is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family. Kwanza is neither political nor religious. It is not a substitute for Christmas. The 7 principals are: 1. Umoja: togetherness for the family 2. Kujichagulia: self-determination 3. Ujima: collective work and responsibility 4. Ujamaa: Cooperative economics 5. Nia: look with and set personal goals 6. Kuumba: creativity 7. Imani: faith