Across the US, Family Day is observed as a holiday every year, in the month of November. On this day, many US citizens go out to spend the day leisurely. They enjoy a feast and have fun with friends and families. This day is considered as the most enthusiastically celebrated holidays of the year. People belonging to both religious as well as non-religious families celebrate this day according to their own desire. But, for most of the Americans, this day is full of holiday festivities, comprising community events and family gatherings.
It is difficult to ascertain as to how precisely this Family Day is observed in the US, owing to reasons of great diversity. Other reasons, include mingling of several cultures and traditions that is being observed on this day. However, in general, most of the US families join for a get together function, followed by a grand feast.
The primary dish of this feast comprises, usually ham or turkey, but sometimes it may include Polish sausage, cabbage, and lasagna. It may be roasted duck in place of all this. However, one thing is certain that everyone will share a common dish, like sweets kept in plenty. This is consumed throughout this holiday season.
The traditions of Family Day activities, include exchange of cards and gifts, installing and decoration of a Family Day tree. Decorating the home with lights and other ornamentation is done on this day. Parents accompany their children to view Santa Claus, displayed at the local mall. They also attend various party functions on this Family Day.
Many of the families install a Family Day tree, which is typically a Douglas fir. It is decorated with lights, tinsel, ornamental articles and candy canes. Several communities install a community tree in a public area. This tree will be tall and wide in size. It acts as the centerpiece for the community to celebrate the holiday on this Family Day.
The most iconic display done in the US, on this Family Day, is a giant tree that is set up and decorated with lights at the Rockefeller Center, every year. This place is located in the New York City. Along with this, a huge public ice-skating rink is also arranged for the people to enjoy a game of skating.