Озвученный английский онлайн текст Holidays.
It is well known that almost every country has holidays honouring important events or people in its history. A lot of holidays have nothing to do with religion nowadays. But originally holidays were religious festivals. The very word “holiday” comes from the words “holy day”.
Some holidays like New Year’s Day are celebrated in many countries, though not necessarily on the same day. Some are observed on the same day, like Independence Day is observed on July 4 in the USA. Some are celebrated in only one part of one country. Some are celebrated by the people of only one religion, as Christmas and Easter are celebrated by Christians.
There are holidays that always come on the same day of the same month, for example Halloween (October 31). Some other holidays, such as Easter, are movable. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May, while Father’s Day is on the third Sunday in June.
Every person has their own private holiday when they are given gifts by their family and friends. It is his or her birthday. The traditional wishes on that day are: “Happy birthday” or “Many happy returns of this day!”