Customs and Traditions of the United States

You already have everything, visa, documentation in order, places to visit in the US, but … it never hurts to know the customs and traditions that exist in the United States, don’t you think?
This small post is for you to know the most widespread festivities and traditions in the United States and do not get caught by surprise when you go on a trip there.

NCAA March Madness: March

The March Madness is a crazy sports event that moves a lot of money in the United States, during the month of March the 68 best university basketball teams face each other.
This sporting event is a direct elimination, which always gives very unexpected results and makes the fans never know who will win their matches.

During this event, there is a huge amount of bets every year, but the odds of hitting are 1 in 5 billion.
The March Madness is considered one of the 4 great sporting events in the United States, and enters the top 10 of events that generate the most money worldwide.

Spring Break or Spring Break: March

During America’s springbreak, they have one of the craziest college parties you’ll ever see. It is the week of vacation granted to college students in their second semester.
While in Spain and other countries these dates are related to religious worship, here it has nothing to do with it. Springbreak week is just for the fun and party of the students.

Saint Patrick’s Day: March

Despite being an Irish celebration, Saint Patrick’s Day is a must for the entire United States and this is due to the more than 34 million Americans of Irish descent. That’s more than 6 times the people of Ireland today.

In Ireland it has always been considered a religious holiday since it was Christianity who brought this holiday. It is precisely because of this that until 1970 all pubs in Ireland were closed on this day. However, in the United States, it has always been considered a cause for great celebration in honor of the country of origin of many of the families there.

Approximately 1 million Irish arrived in the 1800s, who were not treated well at all upon arrival. They despised their religion and offered them the worst jobs.
Seeing the enormous political potential (being about 1 million people) this day began to be celebrated as a demonstration of unity. Thus, on March 17, millions of Americans celebrate their ancestry.

Independence Day: July 4

The 4th of July is the most important national holiday in the United States without a doubt.

On this day the Declaration of Independence is celebrated, adopted on July 4, 1776.
The Thirteen Colonies of America declared that they were states and were no longer part of the British Empire, although the revolutionary war continued for some time afterwards.

The city has since celebrated the oldest Independence Day celebration in the country, with fireworks, speeches, parties and celebrations marking the day since the 18th century. Many towns and cities in the United States have their own annual celebrations.

Congress made the day an unpaid national holiday for federal workers in 1870, and in 1938 it became a paid holiday across the country.

Halloween: October

The well-known party increasingly widespread everywhere. This is one of America’s most deeply rooted traditions.

Its origins date back to a Celtic celebration, Samhaim. Samhaim celebrates the Celtic New Year and the harvest season.
In ancient times the Celts believed that the line that connects this world with the Otherworld was narrowed in Samhain, allowing spirits (good and bad) to pass through this line to come to ours.

Thus, on these dates, the ancestors of the relatives were remembered while evil spirits were driven away. To do so they used costumes and masks, which is what today has become the custom of dressing up on Halloween. In 1840 the Irish immigrants were the ones who introduced the custom and carving of gourds.

Thanksgiving Day: November

It is celebrated on the last Thursday of November, this year it will be the 25th. This is the second most important holiday, just behind Christmas for all Americans.

On Thanksgiving, all the families come together to eat the famous stuffed turkey. This day is the reason for a displacement of more than 50 million people, an average of 50 miles to reunite with their loved ones. Also, next to Thanksgiving is the well-known Black Friday, to stir things up even more.

The origin of Thanksgiving dates back to the year 1620 when colonists disembarked from the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After going through a terrible winter in which cold and hunger killed several settlers, the native Indians taught the English to farm and hunt in these lands. Months later, in autumn, the harvest was a success and in gratitude for the help of the Indians, the English invited them to a great dinner to share the results of their harvest. This was the origin of the “harvest festival” that would eventually become one of the most customs and traditions in the United States.

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