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American Culture Guide – February

Janusz Siwiorek .

President’s Day

02 2016 1Presidents’ Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It was first observed in 1879 to honor the life and accomplishments of America’s founding father, George Washington, who was born February 22, 1732.
This holiday was once called Washington’s Birthday. It was the first American holiday established to honor one of its own citizens. Washington was commander-in-chief of colonial forces during the Revolutionary War, and the country’s first president in 1789.
Washington also played a key role in bringing together different political parties and helped keep America out of foreign conflicts. After serving as president for two terms (eight years), he stepped down, believing there should be limits on the power of this role. Today, he is still known as one of the greatest presidents of the United States and regarded worldwide as a legendary patriot.

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American Culture Guide – January

Janusz Siwiorek .

Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader

01 2016 1Martin Luther King Jr., was an important figure in the U.S. civil rights movement during the 1960s. King was a Baptist minister, political activist, and an amazing public speaker who fought against the discrimination of African Americans. He believed in creating political and social change through peaceful protest.
In 1963, King and other civil rights leaders organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. They led 250,000 protesters to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At this event, King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, calling for racial equality, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The following year, with growing pressure from the public, the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. This made it illegal to make decisions about jobs, education, public lodging, and transportation based on race or skin color. This was followed in 1965 by the Voting Rights Act, making racial discrimination in voting illegal.
On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Two months later, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated as well. Kennedy was also a civil rights leader and President John F. Kennedy’s younger brother. These events were part of what made the 1960s one of the most unsettled periods in U.S. history.
In 1983, Congress established a federal holiday marking King’s birthday (January 15, 1929). The holiday is observed on the third Monday in January each year. This year it falls on January 18.
In 1994, Congress named the holiday as a national day of service. As a way of improving their communities and paying tribute to King, Americans are encouraged to spend the day volunteering for a national or local cause.

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American Culture Guide – December

Janusz Siwiorek .

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

12 2015 1Radio City Music Hall is the home of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a famous variety show for all ages filled with holiday themes, dancing, music, impressive costumes, and special effects. The show stars a company of dancers called the Rockettes.
Radio City Music Hall is a beautiful Art Deco theater that opened in New York City in December, 1932. “The Showplace of the Nation,” Radio City Music Hall hosts some of the biggest talent in America in live performances, concerts, film screenings, and televised awards shows, including the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards.
Radio City Music Hall is in midtown Manhattan at Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most famous landmarks. Visitors this time of year love to go to Rockefeller Center to shop, see a giant lit-up Christmas tree, go ice skating, and see spectacular views of the city from the Top of the Rock.
This year, you can also see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in three other cities: Omaha, Nebraska; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.

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American Culture Guide – November

Janusz Siwiorek .

November is Voting Time

11 2015 1Every four years, the president of the United States is elected into office on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. First elected in 2008, Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States, and the first African American president in U.S. history. He is in his second term of office. Americans won’t elect a new president until 2016, but campaigning is already well underway. This year, elections for other public offices, such as city mayor, will be held in November.

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American Culture Guide – October

Janusz Siwiorek .

Get in the Spirit of Halloween

10 2015 1October is a wonderful month, but many Americans believe the best part is the last day, Halloween. Long before America existed, this holiday was known as All Hallows Eve. At that time, Christians celebrated it to remember the dead.
Today, Halloween is a holiday of fun and good-natured haunting. On October 31, children and adults dress up in costumes. Kids visit the houses in their neighborhoods, asking for candy. This is known in America as “trick-or-treating.” Meanwhile, adults attend costume parties and enter competitions to win “best costume."
Get in on the fun early. Check the endless supply of ideas on Pinterest to decorate your home with pumpkins, spider webs, bats, and other spooky things. Watch some of America’s greatest horror movies and give yourself a good scare. “Halloween”, “The Exorcist”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” are just some examples of horror classics. Just remember we warned you – watch any of these movies, and you may not be able to sleep for days!