The "sweet 16" birthday is celebrated in the United States for several reasons. In the United States and Canada, teens often can get their driver's licenses at age 16. It is also considered to be the age of consent in many parts of the United States and is viewed as an important milestone in growing up.Know More
Sweet 16 birthday parties typically are held for girls, but more boys are having parties to celebrate turning 16, as of 2014. Party stores and websites carry gifts and favors specifically targeted to teen boys.
In the Latin American counterpart to sweet 16, girls celebrate the 15th birthday with a quinceanera party and ceremony. In Judaism, girls are considered to be spiritually mature at age 12, and they celebrate their bat mitzvah, while boys celebrate their bar mitzvah at age 13. In the early 20th century, Jewish girls traditionally celebrated their 16th birthdays, because bat mitzvahs were not publicly celebrated. The 16th birthday is still considered an important milestone.
Several songs and movies in popular culture have commemorated the sweet-16th birthday tradition. The 1984 movie "Sixteen Candles" told the story of a girl turning 16. MTV produced a reality show from 2005 to 2008 called "My Super Sweet 16," featuring a song by Hilary Duff called "Sweet Sixteen." Recording artist Neil Sedaka released "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" in 1961.Learn more about Birthdays
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States as a national holiday dedicated to being with family and friends to give thanks for all of the blessings received throughout the previous year. The holiday is believed to have been celebrated first in 1621 when the Plymouth settlers enjoyed a fall feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest with the local Wampanoag Indians.Full Answer >
Columbus Day is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, to the New World on October 12, 1492. President Franklin Roosevelt established it as a federal holiday in 1937. The holiday has become controversial in the recent years because of claims that the European settlement of America resulted in the deaths of many people and the loss of culture.Full Answer >
Independence Day is celebrated in the United States to honor the Declaration of Independence, which is dated July 4, 1776. Alt hough the U.S. declared independence on July 2, July 4 is the date list ed on the Declaration, thus American Independence Day.Full Answer >
A birthday commemorates and celebrates the beginning of existence of a person, a nation or an organization. The annual celebration is generally marked by gifts and a cake. A birthday is also a time to evaluate the past year's progress and make adjustments for the coming year.Full Answer >