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Labor Day

A federal holiday observed the first Monday in September. Labor Day was first celebrated in New York in 1882 under the sponsorship of the Central Labor Union, following the suggestion of Peter J. McGuire, a member of the Knights of Labor, that the day be set aside in honor of labor. The holiday is a …

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Halloween

Halloween is the eve of All Saints’ Day, formerly called All Hallows and Hallowmass. Halloween is traditionally associated with customs such as bonfires, masquerading, and the telling of ghost stories, old Celtic practices that mark the beginning of winter. People of all ages wear costumes, eat candy, and attend parties and dances.  Children participate in …

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Veteran’s Day

Armistice Day, a federal holiday, was established in 1926 to commemorate the signing in 1918 of the armistice ending World War I. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all men and women who have served America in its armed forces.
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