The United States celebrate festivals in other countries


Girls in traditional Northern Iranian costume at the "Persian Day Parade" in New York. (© AP Images)

Cinco de Mayo Shows Americanization of Mexican Holiday. By Lauren Monsen
When the Cinco de Mayo (“Fifth of May”) holiday is observed in the United States, the annual festivity honors the Mexican heritage of a growing number of U.S. citizens, with a focus on Mexico’s distinctive cuisine, folk dances, colorful costumes and mariachi music.What many celebrants might not realize is that the holiday has evolved significantly over the years, often bearing little trace of its origins. Cinco de Mayo is not, as some believe, Mexico's Independence Day, which is September 16. The holiday commemorates the victory of outnumbered and largely indigenous Mexican forces over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, following a tumultuous period in Mexico's history .... (America.gov, May 4, 2010)

Iranian Americans Observe Persian New Year Traditions. By Afzal Khan.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranian Americans - and other immigrants from neighboring countries that were once part of the Persian Empire - are celebrating Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, on March 20 with rituals that go back thousands of years. (America.gov, March 17, 2009.)

Thomas Borum, 6, rides on top of a float
in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (© AP Images)

U.S. Cities Strike Up the Band for St. Patrick's Day Parades
Americans celebrate with green rivers, green streets, flying produce
St. Patrick's Day offers the Irish and non-Irish alike the opportunity to celebrate 'Irishness' in a variety of ways - some authentic, some innovative, some downright tacky - but none has proved more widespread or enduring than the annual parade.
Read more ... (Washington File, March 8, 2008)

For U.S. Muslims, Ramadan Is Reminder To Help Local Communities
The sacred month of Ramadan, observed by Muslims worldwide, is a time of spiritual renewal, with a strong focus on performing good deeds and deepening ties with neighbors and local communities.
The evening meal, known as iftar and held after sundown to break the Ramadan almost each day, often is a communal affair at mosques across the United States. Iftars also are hosted by most Muslim organizations in America, including those in the nation's capital.
At the Muslim Community Center (MCC) in Silver Spring, Maryland, iftars 'are open to the public,' says MCC President Nehal Shah. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, which has seven branches throughout northern Virginia, shares this approach. (Washington File, Sept. 19, 2007.)