Holidays (English Vocabulary)

ESL Vocabulary for Holidays

The following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 15 words from the "holidays" category:
Mastering holiday-related vocabulary is useful for participating in cultural celebrations and understanding their significance.

Memory Game

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Example Sentences

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve icon

the evening of December 31st, marking the end of one year and the beginning of the next

Easy Examples

  • New Year's Eve is the last day of the year, celebrated on December 31st.
  • People gather to count down the seconds until the new year begins.
  • Fireworks are a common tradition on New Year's Eve.

Harder Examples

  • On New Year's Eve, people gather to celebrate with fireworks and countdowns.
  • New Year's Eve parties are filled with music, dancing, and joyous festivities.
  • They made resolutions for self-improvement as they welcomed New Year's Eve.

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day icon

an Irish holiday celebrated on March 17th in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland

Easy Examples

  • Saint Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday celebrated on March 17th.
  • People wear green and often enjoy parades and Irish food.
  • The shamrock is a symbol of Saint Patrick's Day.

Harder Examples

  • Saint Patrick's Day parades feature vibrant green attire and shamrock decorations.
  • People wear green on Saint Patrick's Day to avoid getting pinched.
  • He prepared traditional Irish dishes to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.


Thanksgiving icon

a holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, dedicated to giving thanks and sharing a festive meal

Easy Examples

  • Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
  • Families come together for a special meal, often featuring turkey.
  • People give thanks for their blessings on Thanksgiving.

Harder Examples

  • Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and express gratitude.
  • The centerpiece of a Thanksgiving feast is often a roasted turkey.
  • They volunteered at a local shelter to serve meals on Thanksgiving.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day icon

a romantic holiday celebrated on February 14th, featuring the exchange of love notes, gifts, and affectionate gestures

Easy Examples

  • Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love and affection, observed on February 14th.
  • People exchange cards, flowers, and gifts with loved ones.
  • Red hearts are a symbol of Valentine's Day.

Harder Examples

  • Valentine's Day is a day to express love and affection to partners and loved ones.
  • Couples often exchange flowers, chocolates, and heartfelt cards on Valentine's Day.
  • She received a surprise Valentine's Day gift from a secret admirer.

April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day icon

a day of playful pranks and jokes observed on April 1st in many countries

Easy Examples

  • April Fool's Day is a day for playing light-hearted pranks on April 1st.
  • People try to fool their friends with jokes and tricks.
  • It's all in good fun on April Fool's Day.

Harder Examples

  • April Fool's Day is a time for harmless and humorous tricks on friends and family.
  • People need to be on guard for potential pranks and hoaxes on April Fool's Day.
  • He decided to play a lighthearted prank on his coworkers on April Fool's Day.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night icon

a British holiday celebrated on November 5th to commemorate the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 with fireworks and bonfires

Easy Examples

  • Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is celebrated on November 5th.
  • People light bonfires and enjoy fireworks to mark the day.
  • The holiday commemorates the foiling of a plot to blow up Parliament.

Harder Examples

  • Bonfire Night is marked by large bonfires, fireworks displays, and sparklers.
  • Effigies of Guy Fawkes are often burned on Bonfire Night.
  • They wrapped up warm to enjoy the festivities of Bonfire Night.


Christmas icon

a Christian holiday celebrated on December 25th to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, often marked by gift-giving and festive decorations

Easy Examples

  • Christmas is a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25th.
  • People exchange gifts and decorate Christmas trees.
  • Santa Claus is a beloved figure associated with Christmas.

Harder Examples

  • Christmas is a time for giving and receiving gifts with loved ones.
  • Families decorate Christmas trees and homes with lights and ornaments.
  • She baked delicious Christmas cookies to share with neighbors.


Easter icon

a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, often accompanied by egg hunts and festive meals

Easy Examples

  • Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Families often have Easter egg hunts and share meals.
  • Easter eggs are a symbol of new life and rebirth.

Harder Examples

  • Easter eggs are hidden for children to find in Easter egg hunts.
  • Many people attend sunrise services to mark the religious significance of Easter.
  • He painted colorful Easter eggs with intricate designs.


Eid icon

a Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, and including communal prayers and feasting

Easy Examples

  • Eid is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting.
  • Families gather for special prayers and feasts to celebrate Eid.
  • Eid is a time of generosity and giving to those in need.

Harder Examples

  • Eid is a time for Muslims to come together and celebrate with prayers and meals.
  • Families exchange gifts and give to the less fortunate during Eid.
  • They dressed in their finest clothes to attend the Eid prayer at the mosque.

Father's Day

Father's Day icon

a day to honor and celebrate fathers and father figures, typically observed on the third Sunday in June

Easy Examples

  • Father's Day is a day to honor and appreciate fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
  • Children often give gifts and spend time with their dads.
  • It's a day to show love and gratitude to fathers.

Harder Examples

  • Father's Day is a time to show appreciation and love for fathers.
  • Children often create handmade cards and gifts for Father's Day.
  • He planned a special Father's Day barbecue for his dad.

Fourth of July

Fourth of July icon

a U.S. holiday celebrated on July 4th, commemorating the Declaration of Independence with fireworks and patriotic festivities

Easy Examples

  • The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is celebrated on July 4th.
  • Americans celebrate their country's independence with fireworks and parades.
  • The U.S. flag is a prominent symbol on this day.

Harder Examples

  • Fourth of July parades showcase patriotic pride with flags and decorations.
  • Fireworks displays light up the night sky on the Fourth of July.
  • They attended a barbecue and watched the local fireworks show on the Fourth of July.


Halloween icon

a holiday celebrated on October 31st with costume parties, trick-or-treating, and spooky decorations

Easy Examples

  • Halloween is a holiday observed on October 31st, known for costumes and spooky fun.
  • People dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and decorate their homes.
  • Jack-o'-lanterns and ghosts are common Halloween decorations.

Harder Examples

  • Children go trick-or-treating to collect candy from neighbors on Halloween.
  • Haunted houses and scary costumes are popular on Halloween night.
  • She carved a spooky jack-o'-lantern for her front porch on Halloween.


Hanukkah icon

a Jewish holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, observed for eight nights, commemorating the miracle of the temple oil

Easy Examples

  • Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday.
  • Families light a menorah and exchange gifts for eight nights.
  • The holiday commemorates the miracle of the menorah.

Harder Examples

  • Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting the menorah candles each night.
  • Families enjoy traditional foods like latkes and play dreidel games.
  • They exchanged gifts and sang Hanukkah songs during the holiday.


Kwanzaa icon

a holiday celebrated by African Americans from December 26th to January 1st, focusing on principles of unity, creativity, and faith

Easy Examples

  • Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.
  • Families light candles on a kinara and focus on principles like unity and creativity.
  • Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African heritage and culture.

Harder Examples

  • Kwanzaa involves lighting the kinara, a candleholder with seven candles.
  • Families exchange handmade gifts and reflect on African heritage during Kwanzaa.
  • He organized a community Kwanzaa celebration to promote unity.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day icon

a day to honor and show appreciation for mothers and mother figures, typically observed on the second Sunday in May

Easy Examples

  • Mother's Day is a day to honor and appreciate mothers, celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
  • Children often give cards and gifts to their moms.
  • It's a day to show love and gratitude to mothers.

Harder Examples

  • Mother's Day is a time to express love and gratitude to mothers.
  • Children often create heartfelt cards and gifts for Mother's Day.
  • She hosted a special brunch to celebrate her mother on Mother's Day.
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