Week of January 18-22, 2021
Everyone loves a holiday! While many enjoy the excitement of a three-day weekend and getting to spend more time with your family and friends, holidays are a special day or time that is set aside to honor an important person or event.
This week, Americans celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 18 is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. This holiday is celebrated as “a day on, not a day off” and is designated as a day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Many ABT dancers and staff will spend the morning volunteering with New York Cares to help provide meals for families in need.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an example of a Federal Holiday, where it is common for government services such as the post office, schools, and banking institutions to close in observance. Currently there are 10 Federal Holidays in the United States:
- New Year’s Day
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Washington’s Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day/ 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day (also observed in some states as Indigenous People’s Day)
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
You may also notice that your school might observe additional holidays such as Yom Kippur, Lunar New Year, Good Friday/Easter, and Eid Al-Fitr. These are all example of religious holidays and are some of the oldest holidays celebrated, with many beginning thousands of years ago.
Did you know that there is a third kind of holiday?
Did you know that yesterday was a holiday?
Did you know today was a holiday?
Did you know tomorrow was a holiday?
Did you know that every single day of the year is a holiday?
So far this January people across the country celebrated:
- Polar Bear Plunge Day (January 1)
- Static Electricity Day (January 9)
- Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day (January 11)
This week ABTKids Daily explores some of January’s lesser known holidays. Make sure you spread the word! Remember everyone loves a good holiday!