Memorial Day: what is the meaning of this holiday in the United States?

Memorial Day: what is the meaning of this holiday in the United States?
Memorial Day: what is the meaning of this holiday in the United States?

First introduced by Congress in 1885, when it was decided that federal employees must have certain days off from work, the list of U.S. federal holidays eventually grew to the 10 historically significant days Americans now recognize.

And to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays no matter what day they fall, there are guidelines for celebrating.

Federal holidays that fall on a Saturday are taken by federal employees on the preceding Friday, while holidays that fall on a Sunday are taken on the following Monday.

These days, non-essential federal government offices are closed and banks, post offices and schools may also be closed.

For private sector employees, federal holidays may or may not mean a day off, since companies cannot legally be required to take the holiday. Fortunately, most employers will continue to give employees the day off on holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or will pay more to employees who work that day.

These are the dates of the United States holidays in 2023 to mark on your calendar.

January 1: the beginning of the new year is a federal holiday

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, on a day close to the birthday of Luther King, who was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.

February 19th:Presidents Dayis celebrated on the third Monday in February, in commemoration of the birth of the first president of the United States, George Washington, on February 22, 1732.

May 29: Memorial Dayor Memorial Day, the last Monday in May commemorates the civilians and soldiers who died in the service of the nation.

19th of June: Juneteenthcelebrates the date when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news that they were free.

July 4th: United States Independence Day

4th of September: Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September.

October 10th: Columbus Day or Columbus Day, is celebrated on the second Monday of October to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World on October 12, 1492.

November 11th: Veterans Day, which honors all veterans who served in war.

November 23: thanksgiving o Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

December 25th: Christmas, which in 2023 will fall on a Monday.

Other important days to keep in mind:

Valentine’s Day: February 14th

Saint Patrick’s day: March 17

Hello: March 8

Holy Friday: Friday April 7

Easter week: Sunday April 2

May 5th: Day of the Battle of Puebla

Mother’s Day: Sunday May 7

Father’s day: Sunday June 18

 
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