Commemorative dates of the United States

As in Brazil, the United States is full of commemorative dates on its calendar. Likewise, some of these celebrations make the day become a holiday, but they are not all.

If you like the culture of this country and want to learn more about your celebrations and festivities, continue reading this article. The following you check out the top 20 American commemorative dates.

The following is the list of commemorative dates that are also national holidays in the United States.

January1 : New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day, being a celebrated date in the same way that happens in so many other countries, including Brazil.

On January15 : Martin Luther King

The day in celebration of Martin Luther King is on the third Monday of January. The tribute happens because it is an important symbol of the fight against racial discrimination.

He is one of the leading leaders in favor of black justice and civil rights in the United States and around the world.

January 20: Inauguration Day

It happens every four years, when the country’s new president is sworn in. The event takes place in Washington DC, and it is a holiday in your state, where hotels are crowded. Also, if the date falls on a Sunday, the possession is changed for Monday.

President’s Day: third Monday february

It’s a day that serves to honor the presidents of the United States. In addition, the date always falls on the third Monday of February, so the exact day may change according to the year. The choice of day is because it is close to the birth of the first president, George Washington.

Good Friday

Passion Friday in the United States is not a national holiday, but rather state. So only in some places is holiday. But, as in Brazil, it is a date when religious people participate in ceremonies. Leisure activities are also avoided.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday in the USA, on the other hand, is a little different from those exchanged gifts. Although chocolate eggs exist and are given as a gift, the highlight is the real eggs, which are decorated with paintings. There are also colored plastic eggs.

Memorial Day: Last Monday in May

It’s another commemorative date when the exact day varies. On this occasion, the people who died during the Civil War, also called the War of Secession, are honored.

4 July: Independence Day

Well known even for those who are not American, this date is a celebration to the day that Congress proclaimed the independence of the countryin 1776. The date is famous because there are different American films that allude to date.

Labor Day: first Monday in September

On Labor Day in the United States, the idea is, as in Brazil, to honor workers. In addition, it was established in 1894.

Columbus Day: Monday October

Columbus Day is a holiday, but not in the states of Florida, Texas, Vermont, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Arkansas, California, Alaska, North Dakota, Michigan, Wyoming Minnesota, South Dakota, Dellaware, Washington and Wisconsin.

On that day, columbus’s arrival in America is celebrated, which was october 12, 1492. It is also the day of Our Lady of pilar, patron saint of Hispanidad, and curiously is a holiday celebrated in all Spanish-speaking countries and the USA.

November 11: Veterans Day

Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11. On the date, the military who fought in World War I are honored.

Thanksgiving: Wednesday Thursday, November

Also known as American Thanksgiving, it is considered the most important date for the family. On the date, it is traditional all of it to gather together and hold a great supper.

December 25: Christmas

As in Brazil, Christmas occurs on the same day.

Commemorative dates in the United States that are not holidays:

February 2: Groundhog Day

On Groundhog Day, people find out if winter will soon end or if the cold will last for a while longer, based on a fun belief. Thus, people observe the behavior of a groundhog.

If she comes out of her lair and stays outside, it means spring has arrived. On the other hand, if the groundhog gets scared and returns to the burrow, it means there will be another six weeks of winter.

February 14: Valentine’s Day

Another date that is not a holiday, yet quite celebrated, since it is Valentine’s Day in the USA. The name is because of St. Valentin, the patron saint of the boyfriends. Like here, couples in love exchange gifts.

On March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

This is a date that, in recent years, is spreading to other countries, including Brazil. But its origin is Irish and celebrates St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. It is worth remembering that in the USA there is a large population of Irish origin.

April 1: April Fool’s Day

The day of lying is a date celebrated in many countries, such as Brazil and the United States. Even with more or less intensity, there are always people who like to play a play on family and friends.

Second Sunday in May: Mother’s Day:

Even though it’s not a holiday, mothers also have room for a day of their own on the American calendar. The date is the same as here.

19 – Third Sunday of June: Father’s Day:

The festivities are similar to those held in Brazil. The difference is only in the day, since here is in August.

October 31: Halloween

Another u.S. date that infects the world: Halloween. There, it is a great party, in which, mainly, children dress and leave the neighborhood saying the famous phrase: treats or mischief.

​Therefore, in the classroom, teachers only speak in English, which also helps to train the students’ ears. In addition to offering agile and effective results, this method holds fewer time in the classroom students.

LifeUSA Methodology

The LifeUSA English school has a different proposition from all others. Its focus is on immersion in the new language and immediate oral production, and this method allows the student, from the third class, to understand and communicate with teachers in English.

Even if at first there are few words that the student understands and can say, it is a gradual knowledge. Thus, in each class, he learns new words, increasing his vocabulary and his ability to communicate.

Therefore, in the classroom, teachers only speak in English, which also helps to train the students’ ears. In addition to offering agile and effective results, this method holds fewer time in the classroom students.

This means that you don’t have to stay years and more years in school benches to master a second language.

Meet Robert O’Neill

Robert O’Neill was a teacher, teacher coach and writer, being one of the most influential figures in the world of English teaching. At the age of 81, he died on July 29, 2014, however, his knowledge, teaching and dedication are remembered to this day.

With a gift for writing and telling stories, Robert is even remembered as a person of many interests. Similarly, his encyclopedic knowledge and his controversial opinions stand out, which, often, surprised and even shocked.

Many had him as an eccentric, brilliant and scandalously unconventional man, but at the same time an immense heart. After all, he is a professional responsible for pioneering publications.

Colleagues also remember their professional enthusiasm and exceptional generosity to younger colleagues. His story is also full of events. Born on January 21, 1933, in Chicago, Robert first worked as a teacher.

He then went to the Research and Development Unit of the European Centre for Languages and Education in Bournemouth. He taught extensively in Europe and wrote more than 30 books.

As a respected author of ELT – English Language Teaching, translated as teaching English, he taught around the world, talking at conferences and giving workshops. It is claimed that Robert’s contribution to the world of English teaching is legendary.

In particular, by the publication of the pioneering book English in Situations of 1970, which remained in use for more than 35 years. He also wrote the book English in Situations, raising the question: what would you say in a particular situation and how would you say that?

It also maintained strong views on the role of textbooks in language teaching. As the fact that language is an instrument to generate what people need and want to say spontaneously.

Thus, much depends on spontaneous interaction and creative interaction in the classroom. This is one of the precepts of LifeUSA’s teaching methodology.

Meet Sammy Oliveira

The writer Sammy Oliveira, holder of the copyrights of the work of Robert O’Neill, founder of LifeUSA. He is responsible for formatting more than a thousand pages on his entire pedagogical process.

According to the statement of students of the English school, it takes only a few moments of immediate oral production class to feel the heart beating stronger. In addition, it is a magical taste and different from everything that has ever been experienced.

Sammy is still CEO of six networks in the education segment and, in the last two years, has released 10 books. About Robert O’Neill, with whom he worked, he has many memories. Among them, he says:

Robert O’Neill was undoubtedly the most charismatic writer I had the privilege of working with. He would become a friend, too. In his public life he was often scandalous, but only to stimulate a response from his audience, was an individual or a group of teachers.

Your strange comments and references to body parts or their functions are legendary. In many ways, he shared love for language and life with the likes of Dylan Thomas and you couldn’t help but feel attracted to him.

Robert also always thought outside the box, long before this expression became common, especially when dealing with established “authority.” He described his colleague’s work with “a glorious battle.”

This is because the teacher, colleague and friend had the goal of mixing metaphors in his works, which was not common at the time. Because of this and more, Sammy regrets that the world of English teaching has lost his most colorful and creative collaborator.

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