ESL Holidays Vocabulary

autumn or fall

The season between summer and winter when the days get shorter and it gets colder. Fall is from September 21 to December 21.

“The leaves change colors and fall in the autumn.”

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winter

The season between fall and spring. Winter is from December 21 to March 21.

“During the winter it snows a lot where I live.”

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spring

The season that falls between March 21 to June 21.

“The flowers come out in the spring.”

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summer

Season between spring and fall. The dates are June 21 to September 21. The days are long and the weather is warm.

“I go to the beach in the summer.”

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Christmas

A christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. This day is celebrated on December 25. Many Americans celebrate by putting gifts under a Christmas tree.

“There are many presents under our Christmas tree.”

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Thanksgiving

A day that Americans celebrate a harvest feast that took place centuries ago with the first European settlers and the Native Americans. This day is observed on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a tradition for families to prepare a large meal that includes turkey and mashed potatoes on this day.

“Every thanksgiving my dad cooks a huge turkey.”

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Easter

A christian religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Many Americans celebrate by putting baskets out that the “Easter Bunny” will fill with candy.

“My son got a basket full of chocolates from the Easter bunny.”

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Fourth of July/ Independence Day

This holiday celebrates the day that the United States declared independence from Great Britain. Many towns and cities have firework shows. Since the holiday takes place in the summer, families have barbecues and parties.

“For the fourth of July we light off fireworks and grill hamburgers in my back yard.”

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Halloween

A holiday celebrated on the 31st of October where kids dress up in costumes and ask neighbors for candy. People put pumpkins on their front porch.

“The dishwasher cleans the plates and silverware.”

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Memorial Day

A day to celebrate and honor people who have died in military service. This holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

“It is important to honor soldiers on Memorial Day.”

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Valentine’s Day

A day when men and women in a relationship celebrate their love by giving each other flowers and chocolates.

“My sister got some roses and chocolate for Valentine’s Day.”

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St. Patrick’s Day

A holiday to celebrate Irish culture. People wear green on this day.

“Make sure you wear your green hat tomorrow. It is St. Patrick’s day.”

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Birthday Party

People celebrate birthdays by eating cake with family and friends.

“We had a birthday party for my daughter on Saturday morning.”

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wedding

The ceremony where a man and a woman get married.

“A man and a woman get married at a wedding.”

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parade

“There was a parade in the city this morning.”

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