Latest Holidays News

University of Missouri band picked for 2022 Macy's parade

Apr. 11, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's marching band has been invited to perform in the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Officials surprised band members with the invitation on Saturday. Missouri's band, which has more than 300 members, was...

Kentucky Muslims suggest foods for after Ramadan fasts

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The holy month of Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, will begin next week for more than a billion Muslims worldwide. Ramadan celebrates when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by God and during this time each...

Stone Mountain Village to hold 1st Juneteenth celebration

Apr. 10, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — In the shadow of the world’s largest memorial to the Confederacy, the City of Stone Mountain will host its first-ever Juneteenth celebration this summer. City leaders hope the holiday event, which honors the end of slavery, will highlight...

Thailand faces growing outbreak ahead of New Year travel

Apr. 09, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities struggled to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country's traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions of people travel. Health officials reported 559 new infections on Friday, following increases over...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ New Georgia...

Washington Legislature approves Juneteenth as state holiday

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday. The measure making June 19 a state paid holiday passed the Democratic-led Senate on a bipartisan 47-1 vote and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his...

Maine: Unemployment claims up; July 4th Pops canceled again

Apr. 09, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New unemployment claims rose again in Maine despite an increase in hiring around the country. The Maine Department of Labor reported 2,100 initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week that ended April 3. That was an increase from...

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

Apr. 09, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during daily fasting that happens during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims. ...

'How many of us will be left?' Catholic nuns face loss, pain

Apr. 09, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The nuns’ daily email update was overtaken by news of infections. Ambulances blared into the driveways of their convents. Prayers for the sick went unanswered, prayers for the dead grew monotonous and, their cloistered world suddenly caving in, some of the...

Native Americans: Move Boston Marathon from Oct. 11 holiday

Apr. 08, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Native Americans in Massachusetts are calling on the organizers of the Boston Marathon to move the already rescheduled date for the storied race because it now conflicts with a day meant to commemorate the contributions of Indigenous people. The Boston...