Holidays and Traditions

Why do we eat turkey at thanksgiving? What is the 4th of July? In this page you can find out about these and much more.

Valentine’s day

Of course the post about Valentine’s day cannot be missed, so i will tell you how I spent my day.
I will start telling that here in america, Valentine’s day is a day in which you show your love for everybody, not only your partner like in Italy. Even if i still don’t like Valentine’s day, i think the american version is nicer and we should do the same! Valentine-Day-Art-4
On friday my kids brought at school lots of cards and shared them with their friends. They came back home with tons of sweets and cards.
Saturday was the official day so my hp left for their “lovely weekend” and i stayed home with the kids and my host dad’s mom. (more…)


I know, I know, Thanksgiving was one week ago, but unfortunately I was very busy and I had to wait for the photos otherwise I wouldn’t have anything to show you.
I’ll start by telling you a little bit of history about this tradition:

The Pilgrim Fathers, persecuted at home for their religious ideas which were very fundamentalist, decided at the beginning of the seventeenth century to leave England and move to North America.
When they arrived, with winter approaching, they found a wild and inhospitable territory. The Pilgrims had brought from England seeds of various products that were cultivated at home and planted them in the ground of the new territories. By the nature of the terrain and climate, sowing did not produce the fruits needed to sustain the population, so almost half of them did not survive the winter. Luckily Native Americans, taught the Pilgrims what products to grow and what animals to raise, in particular maize and turkeys.pilgrims_color_631.jpg__800x600_q85_crop (more…)

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Black Friday

It is a very important day,  under the commercial aspect, because it is a valid indicator on the predisposition to purchases, and indirectly on the spending power of US consumers. Therefore it is carefully observed and expected by financial analysts and stock market environments in the US and Internationally.

Large retail chains are used to offer, on this occasion, remarkable and exceptional promotions in order to increase their sales. This day also marks the beginning of the Christmas season, the time of the year in which there are overall more sales.Black-Friday.001


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My Super Halloween

I start by saying that it was a really long day, so I will give you some general info about the tradition and then how I spent the day.

Halloween is an Anglo-Saxon holiday that draws its origins from Celtic remembrances and is celebrated on October 31st. The custom also widespread in other countries around the world.
The word Halloween is a Scottish variant of the full-name All-Hallows-Eve, that is the night before All Saints (in archaic English All Hallows Day, Modern All Saints) (more…)

Columbus Day

Columbus Day was celebrated for the first time by the italians in 1869 in San Francisco following the italian celebrations in New York.columbus-day


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On the morning of the 11th September 2001, nineteen affiliates of the terroristic and fundamentalist Islamic organization of al-Qāʿida hijacked four commercial flights. The terrorists intentionally hijacked two planes against the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York, causing shortly after the collapse of both skyscrapers, that also resulted in causing serious damages to the nearest buildings. The third flight was hijacked against the Pentagon, while the fourth plane, directed against the Capitol or the White House in Washington, crashed in a field near Shanksville, in Somerset County (Pennsylvania).


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4th of July. Happy Birthday America

The Independence Day is celebrated the 4th of July and is the national Holiday of the United States of America.0_bab51_fc0c9549_L
It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, with which the Thirteen Colonies detached from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
The tradition foresees fireworks, parades (in Mapu’s town there was a parade for kids only), barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and other events that celebrates history, government, and USA traditions.
But let’s see what we did that day.

The 4th of July was perfectly planned, but things didn’t go as planned (What a surprise??)! First of all I have to say that I am a very lucky girl, because my host dad is working since many years for Macy’s (a very important chain in the States), so he had some free tickets for the NYC’s fireworks in a reserved area and he gave them to me!! (more…)

Memorial Day

Today is May’s last Monday and it is also the day in which America celebrates the soldiers who died in wars..

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember the soldiers whom died serving for the United States of America. Origins are not clear because many cities claim to be the place where the celebration was born, but despite exact place and date, it is a day in which everybody wants to honor those fell in battle.
On the first “Decoration”, like it was called at the beginning, general James Garfield made a speech in Arlington’s National Cemetery and there were about 5000 people who decorated the 20.000 tombs of the soldiers buried there.

The first State to officially recognize the Memorial Day was New York in 1873, the other federal states recognized it in 1890, while the South refused to recognized until after WWW I.