Holidays  for the Classroom

New Year's Day - Martin Luther King's Birthday - Ground Hog DayChinese New Year
Groundhog Day - Valentine's Day - Black History month - Mardi Gras - St. Patrick's Day 
 April Holidays - May holidays  - Flag Day - Father's Day - July 4th
Labor Day - Canada's Thanksgiving Day - Columbus Day - Halloween - Veterans Day 
  Thanksgiving - Hanukkah - Ramadan - Christmas Around the World - Kwanzaa



New Year's Day
        
HolidayZone - http://www.theholidayzone.com/newyear/index.html
       New Year's Day info -
http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/newyear2.htm
       Mr. Donn - http://holidays.pppst.com/newyears.html
       Teacher ideas - http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/new-years-day/

Martin Luther King's Birthday  January 15, 1929
     Biography from Holidays.net
           http://www.thekingcenter.org/history/about-dr-king/
           http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

       Quotes - http://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/mlkquotes.htm

       About Martin Luther King from Enchanted Learning
       Teeny Tiny Book about MLK
       MLK Study Guide from the Seattle Times
           Quiz about his life
       Mr. Donn's site for teachers
       MLK info, music, and poems from Sunnie Bunniezz

        MLK Scavenger Hunt from Teresa Strong
       Scavenger Hunt from Tonya Skinner 
       Scavenger Hunt from Exeter, NH
      
Education World Scavenger Hunt
       Wide variety of links about MLK from Jerrie Cheek

Chinese New Year - February 19, 2015 Year of the Horse                                  
        
Learn about the Chinese New Year
         Information about the holiday
         Chinese New Year at Kaboose
        
Chinese New Year activity links
         Mr. Donn's site
        
Web sites, activities, puzzles, projects, foods - Mrs. Mitchell
        
Chinese-American Culture
        
Chinese Folk and Fairy Tales http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/china.html
                                         http://faerymists.tripod.com/fytales/chinese.htm

        
Activities and Celebrations for the classroom
            Books and activities
         Chinese New Year from the UK
         Creating fai chun from
Spider Magazine
         More fai chun wall hangings/sayings
           
http://www.23hq.com/Memory_capsule/story/417707
      
Chinese New Year from China Page
  Activities for Chinese New Year: 
        http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/chinesenewyear/
        http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_new_year.htm

            http://www.nickjr.com/printables/all-shows/seasonal_chinese-new-year/all-ages/index.jhtml
       
http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-chinese-new-year-activities/
        http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-chinese-new-year-activities/

Black History Month - February
        Black History Month activities from HolidayZone
        Black History Month
information and activities - Thomson Gale
        African American History Lessons - Mr. Donn
        Black History Month - InfoPlease
        Black History from Fact Monster

        Black History month sites - Mrs. Mitchell

        African American History Month


Ground Hog Day - February 2
         Official Groundhog Day web page - http://www.groundhog.org/
         Groundhog Day from Kaboose
         Ground Hog Day info from Sunnie Bunniezz
         Mr. Donn's site

Valentine's Day - February 14
        
Kaboose - history and activities
        Cards, coupons, trivia, and more from Kids Turn Central
        Valentine's Day activities from Alphabet Soup
        Valentine's Day info from Sunnie Bunniezz
        Web sites, activities, games, lessons - Mrs. Mitchell
        Lots of activities from 123child

Presidents' Day - third Monday of February
 
         History of the Holiday plus lessons for teachers
       Presidents Day info from Maryland
      
Activities and information from The Holiday Zone.com
       Mr. Donn's site -
http://holidays.mrdonn.org/presidentsday.html
      
Presidents' Day from Sunnie Bunniezz
       Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) -
        
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/february.htm#lincoln
       George Washington (Feb. 22) -
        
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/february.htm#wash

Mardi Gras -  February 17 2015
       Mardi Gras from Holidays.net 
       DLTK Facts, games, crafts
       Mr. Donn's site - http://holidays.pppst.com/mardigras.html
       Projects - http://home.howstuffworks.com/mardi-gras-crafts.htm
       Projects - http://familycrafts.about.com/od/mardigrasprojects/
       Future Dates - http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/mgdates.html

St. Patrick's Day- March 17
       HolidayZone - http://www.theholidayzone.com/stpat/index.html
       Kaboose - http://holidays.kaboose.com/saint-patricks-day/index.html 
       Activity Place - Crafts and Projects - http://123child.com/UBB/showthread.php?t=3093
       St. Pat's Day info - http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/stpatday.htm

       Jerrie Cheek - http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/march.htm#stpats
       Mr. Donn's site - http://holidays.mrdonn.org/saintpatsday.html

April -
       April Fool's from Jerrie Cheek -
         
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/april.htm#april
        Mr. Donn's site - http://holidays.mrdonn.org/aprilfools.html

       Patriot's Day - third Monday in April -
          http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/patriots.htm

       Earth Day on April 22:
       Kaboose - http://holidays.kaboose.com/earth-day/index.html
       Wilderness Society lessons - http://earthday.wilderness.org/teachers/
       Enchanted Learning - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/earthday/
       Sciencespot - http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classearthday.html

        Class Project - http://www.pocanticohills.org/earthday/earthday.htm
       DLTK - http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/earth.html

       Arbor Day - April 24, 2009 - http://www.arborday.org/arborday/
      
More about Arbor Day - http://www.arbor-day.net/
       Crafts -
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/arborday/

May - 
         May 5 - Cinco de Mayo - http://www.theholidayzone.com/cinco/index.html
         Mr. Donn's site - http://holidays.mrdonn.org/cincodemayo.html
         History of - http://www.mexonline.com/cinco.htm
         History/activities - http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Holidays/Cinco/
         Activities - http://holidays.kaboose.com/cinco-de-mayo/index.html
                      http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/cinco-de-mayo/index.html

                 
        
Mother's Day - http://www.holidays.net/mother/index.htm
        More about Mother's Day
- http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/motherdy.htm
             
        Memorial Day:
           Salute to Veterans -
             http://holidays.kaboose.com/memorial-day-remembrance-day.html
           Memorial Day Funology - http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/funology1/memorial.htm
           Memorial Day Facts -
http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/memorial.htm

Flag Day - June 14
  
      The History of Flag Day - http://www.usflag.org/flag.day.html
        Kaboose - http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/flagday.html
        HolidayZone - http://www.theholidayzone.com/flag/index.html

Father's Day - http://www.holidays.net/father/index.htm
          More about Father's Day - http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/fatherdy.htm

Celebrate America - July 4th
         
HolidayZone - http://www.theholidayzone.com/fourth/index.html
        Independence Day - http://www.holidays.net/independence/index.htm


Ramadan:
June 18 - July 16, 2015

Ramadan - http://www.holidays.net/ramadan/
            http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Ramadan/
            http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/ramadan.htm
            http://www.ezsoftech.com/ramadan/ramadan15.asp
            http://holidays.kaboose.com/ramadan.html

Ramadan Activities for Children - http://www.submission.org/YES/child2.html                                    http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/ramadancraftsideasactivitiesmuslimkids.html

Recipes - http://www.ehow.com/way_5297351_ramadan-recipes-kids.html


Labor Day - September 7, 2015 - http://www.theholidayzone.com/labor/index.html
          More about Labor Day -  http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/laborday.htm
        Labor Day information -
http://www.usinfo.pl/aboutusa/holidays/labor.htm

Canada's Thanksgiving - second Monday in October
     http://www.twilightbridge.com/hobbies/festivals/thanksgiving/canada/
     http://www.thanksgivingnovember.com/canadian-thanksgiving.html
     http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/thanksgiving.htm

Columbus Day - second Monday in October
     http://holidays.kaboose.com/columbus-day/index.html
     http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/columbus.htm
     http://www.theholidayzone.com/columbus/index.html

Halloween - October 31 - http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/happy_halloween_pages.htm
   
 
More Halloween info - http://www.holidays.net/halloween/
                               http://www.benjerry.com/halloween/history/index.cfm
                               http://holidays.kaboose.com/halloween/index.html
                               http://www.allhallowseve.com/
                               http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/hallowmas.html
                              http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/
                http://www.halloweencostumes.com/blog/post/2011/06/28/halloween-traditions-around-the-world.aspx

       Pumpkin Carving, Trivia, Links, and Facts -
           http://www.ahowlinggoodtime.com/carvingsrecipes.php?obj=carvingpumpkins
       Halloween Activities, Foods, and Costumes -
           http://www.123child.com/UBB/showthread.php?t=3085
          

Veteran's Day - November 11 - http://www.theholidayzone.com/veterans/index.html
            More Veteran's Day info - http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/veterady.htm

Thanksgiving - Holidays on the Net - http://www.holidays.net/thanksgiving/index.htm
                     Thanksgiving activities -
                             http://sunniebunniezz.com/holiday/thanksgivingdaypages.htm
                     Thanksgiving lessons - http://teachersfirst.org/holiday/thanksgiving.cfm
                     Mrs. Mitchell's activities - http://www.kathimitchell.com/tgiving.htm

Festivals of Light Around the World  from Peggy Dunn - 
       http://okemos.k12.mi.us/users/pdunn/2002-2003/lights1.htm



Hanukkah: December 16, 2014
                             December 6, 2015

Chanukah On the Net
   
http://www.holidays.net/chanukah/
Hanukkah Games and Activities from Billy Bear
   
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/hanukkah/hanukkah.htm
History and Traditions of Hanukkah
   
http://www.history.com/topics/hanukkah
Hanukkah - Not Just for Kids
   
http://www.grandpatucker.com/kids/hanukkah.html-ssi

Frequently Asked Questions About Hanukkah
   
http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday7.htm
Information plus latke recipe
   
http://www.californiamall.com/holidaytraditions/traditions-israel.htm
Hanukkah (thanks to Tiffany) - http://www.christmasgiftidea.be/all-about-hanukkah.html


Christmas Around the World:

                       How to say Merry Christmas in many languages
                       Christmas Traditions Around the World - Santa's Net
                       The Complete Guide to Christmas Traditions from How Stuff Works
                   Holidays on the Net - http://www.holidays.net/christmas/index.htm
                   World Christmas Traditions - http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/
                  http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/christmas-traditions-worldwide
                  http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/
                  http://www.essortment.com/international-holidays-christmas-traditions-around-world-63551.html
                  http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/

                            http://www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/catw2004/traditions/
       

Argentina - http://www.santas.net/argentinianchristmas.htm  
            
    http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/argentina.htm
                  http://www.hispanic-culture-online.com/christmas-in-argentina.html
           http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art26683.asp

Australia - http://www.santaswarehouse.com.au/history_of_christmas/christmas_in_australia.shtml
           http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/australia.shtml
           http://www.santas.net/australianchristmas.htm
           
http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/australia.html

                 http://tww.id.au/christmas/index.html

Austria - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Austria.aspx
 
         http://www.santas.net/austrianchristmas.htm
               http://www.austria.info/us/winter-vacation-austria/advent-in-austria-1084204.html

Brazil -
http://www.santas.net/brazilianchristmas.htm
             http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/brazil.html

             http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/brazil.htm
             http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/traditions/brazil.htm
        http://www.rochedalss.eq.edu.au/xmas/brazilchristmas.htm

Canada - http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/christmas
         http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/canada.shtml
         
http://www.santas.net/canadianchristmas.htm

              http://christmas-day.com/christmas-traditions-canada.html
                 http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/canada.html
               
(see also France and Canada)

England - (see Great Britain)

France - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/France.aspx
         http://www.santas.net/frenchchristmas.htm
         http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-world/france.html
         http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/france.shtml
         http://www.rochedalss.eq.edu.au/xmas/francechristmas.htm
         http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/france.htm
         http://french.lovetoknow.com/French_Christmas_Traditions

France and Canada - http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/noel/angl/noel.htm
                             http://www.canadiana.ca/en/Christmas-2011

Denmark - http://www.santas.net/danishchristmas.htm
                 http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Denmark.aspx
                 http://denmark.dk/en/meet-the-danes/traditions/the-christmas-month/
                 http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/denmark.htm
           http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/denmark.shtml

Germany -
http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Germany.aspx
          http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/germany.shtml
          http://www.german-way.com/history-and-culture/holidays-and-celebrations/christmas/
          http://www.vistawide.com/german/christmas/german_christmas_traditions.htm
http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/christmas-traditions-around-the-world-ga6.htm
        

Great Britain - http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/uk.shtml
 http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/christmas-traditions-around-the-world-ga3.htm
               http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/british.html
               http://www.santas.net/britishchristmas.htm
               http://www.santas.net/englishchristmas.htm
               http://www.reindeerland.org/christmas-traditions/christmas-traditions-in-great-britain.htm
               http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/England.asp


      Boxing Day - http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/boxingday.shtml
                    http://britishfood.about.com/od/christmas/p/boxingday.htm
                    http://www.pauldenton.co.uk/Boxingday.htm

Greece - http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/greece.html
         http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/greece.shtml
         http://www.united-hellas.com/tourism/christmas-greece.html
         
http://www.santas.net/greekchristmas.htm

Ireland - http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/irishchristmastraditions.htm
         http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/ireland.shtml
         http://www.santas.net/irishchristmas.htm
         
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art6841.asp

Italy - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Italy.aspx
       http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/italy.shtml
       http://italian.about.com/library/weekly/aa120600f.htm
       http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/italy.htm

Mexico - http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/mexico.shtml
      http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/christmas-traditions-around-the-world-ga9.htm
      http://www.santas.net/mexicanchristmas.htm
      http://www.mexonline.com/christmas.htm
      http://www.inside-mexico.com/featurenavidad.htm
      http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/1945-feliz-navidad-making-merry-in-mexico
          

Netherlands - http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/holland.shtml
              http://www.santas.net/dutchchristmas.htm
              http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/netherlands.html

              http://christmas.lovetoknow.com/Christmas_Traditions_in_the_Netherlands
           http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/christmas-traditions-around-the-world-ga7.htm  
 
Norway - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Norway.aspx
         
http://www.visitoslo.com/en/articles/christmas-traditions/
               
http://www.santas.net/norwegianchristmas.htm
               
http://www.stavanger-web.com/jul/christma.htm
                   http://mylittlenorway.com/2009/12/a-norwegian-christmas/

Poland - http://www.polishcenter.org/Christmas/TRADITIONS.htm
       
http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/poland.shtml
        http://www.pwaa.org/Polish_Christmas_Traditions.htm
        http://www.polishworld.com/christmas/

        http://www.santas.net/polishchristmas.htm

Portugal - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Portugal.aspx
          http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/portugal.shtml
          http://www.santas.net/portuguesechristmas.htm
          
http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-world/portugal.html

Russia - http://www.santas.net/russianchristmas.htm
        http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/russia.htm
        http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/russia.shtml
        
http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/russia.html

Scotland - http://www.santas.net/scottishchristmas.htm
          http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/scotland.html
          
http://www.heartoscotland.com/Categories/christmas-in-scotland.htm

                   http://www.scotlands-enchanting-kingdom.com/traditional-scottish-christmas.html
          http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/scotland.htm

Spain - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Spain.aspx
           http://www.santas.net/spanishchristmas.htm
       http://www.idealspain.com/Pages/Information/ChristmasInSpain.htm

             http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/spain.shtml

Sweden - http://www.santas.net/swedishchristmas.htm
         http://www.bry-backmanor.org/holidayfun/sweden.html
         http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Sweden.aspx
         http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/sweden.shtml
         http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/traditions/sweden.htm

Switzerland -
http://www.santas.net/swisschristmas.htm
            http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Switzerland.aspx
           
http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/switzerland.htm
            http://www.indobase.com/holidays/christmas/world/christmas-in-switzerland.html
            http://www.swissworld.org/en/culture/seasonal_customs/advent_and_christmas/

Ukraine - http://www.santas.net/ukrainianchristmas.htm
          http://www.brama.com/art/christmas.html
          
http://www.uazone.net/holidays/christmas.html

Venezuela - http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/Countries/Venezuela.aspx
           http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/venezuela.shtml
          http://gosouthamerica.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=gosouthamerica&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fchristmas-world.freeservers.com%2Fvenezuela.html

Wales - http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/wales.html
        http://www.santas.net/welshchristmas.htm
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/christmas/sites/content/pages/customs.shtml
        
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/Wales-History/WelshChristmas.htm

     http://www.destinations-uk.com/articles.php?link=articles&country=england&id=102&articletitle=Welsh%20Christmas%20Customs


Kwanzaa:  December 26

All About Kwanzaa
 
http://www.melanet.com/kwanzaa/about_toc.html
 
http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml
  http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Holidays/kwanzaa/
  http://www.ehow.com/christmas/kwanzaa.html
  http://www.rats2u.com/christmas/kwanzaa_index.htm
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/25/kwanzaa-2013_n_4494731.html

Kwanzaa Recipes
 
http://members.tripod.com/~Nancy_J/kwanzaa.htm
  http://www.theholidayspot.com/kwanzaa/kwanzaa_recipes.htm
  http://www.bhg.com/holidays/kwanzaa/recipes/
  http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/holidays/holiday-central-kwanzaa.html

Kwanzaa for Kids
  http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson039.shtml
  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/kwanzaa_for_kids.htm
  http://www.dltk-holidays.com/kwanzaa/index.htm
  http://www.cnn.com/EVENTS/1996/kwanzaa/
 
http://www.holidays.net/kwanzaa/
  http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/kwanzaa/kwanzaa.htm


Kwanzaa songs - http://www.songsforteaching.com/kwanzaasongs/
                            http://www.ehow.com/video_2370487_music-kwanzaa-celebration.html

Kwanzaa stories - http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Holidays/kwanzaa/stories.html
http://www.story-lovers.com/listskwanzaastories.html

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2011/11/kwanzaa_stories.html
http://www.earthskids.com/holiday-kwanzaa.htm


For Teachers:

        When Is? Dates http://www.when-is.com/

   Lesson Plans:

Hannukah - http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson040.shtml

Kwanzaa - http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson039.shtml


Christmas Around the World - http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson041.shtml

Holidays from abcteach - http://abcteach.com/directory/seasonalholidays/

Holiday Lesson Plans from Mr. Donn -
http://holidays.mrdonn.org/index.html

Holidays from edHelper - http://www.edhelper.com/MonthlyThemes.htm

Holiday Lesson Plans - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SeasonalThemes.htm

Holidays from proTeacher - http://www.proteacher.com/090032.shtml

Holidays from Teach-nology - http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/holidays/

Winter Holidays - http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-3401.html

Make Up Your Own Holiday - http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson018.shtml

Christmas Trivia - http://www.xmasfun.com/Trivia.aspx

Holiday dates - http://www.holidays.net/dates.htm
Holiday dates - http://www.internetfamilyfun.com/datesofholidays.htm
Wacky Daily Holidays - http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

 

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