skip to main content
All About the Holidays

All About the Holidays

Apply for Free Membership

Why do people wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Christmas in December, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these holidays.

Still image from: All About the Holidays: Rosh Hashanah
All About the Holidays
Episode 1
1 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Passover
All About the Holidays
Episode 2
1 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Oktoberfest
All About the Holidays
Episode 3
1 minutes 28 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Kwanzaa
All About the Holidays
Episode 4
1 minutes 1 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Easter
All About the Holidays
Episode 5
1 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Halloween
All About the Holidays
Episode 6
53 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Hanukkah
All About the Holidays
Episode 7
58 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Holi
All About the Holidays
Episode 8
1 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Diwali
All About the Holidays
Episode 9
1 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Purim
All About the Holidays
Episode 11
1 minutes 22 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Vesak
All About the Holidays
Episode 12
1 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Summer Vacation
All About the Holidays
Episode 13
1 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Presidents' Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 14
58 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Father's Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 15
1 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Memorial Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 16
1 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Mardi Gras
All About the Holidays
Episode 17
1 minutes 36 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Election Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 18
1 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Independence Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 19
1 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Earth in space with cutouts of people standing around the circumference, hands extended towards each other. Caption: to cherish and protect our planet.
All About the Holidays
Episode 20
1 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Labor Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 21
1 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Back to School
All About the Holidays
Episode 22
1 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Veterans Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 23
1 minutes 9 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Groundhog peeking up from hole in the ground with sun behind him so that shadow is visible to him. Caption: if Phil sees his shadow, we get six more weeks of winter.
All About the Holidays
Episode 24
1 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Pi Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 26
1 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Yom Kippur
All About the Holidays
Episode 27
1 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Patriots' Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 28
1 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Mother's Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 29
1 minutes 28 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Illustration of the Earth from space with the equator marked on the globe. Caption: May Day honors the arrival of spring.
All About the Holidays
Episode 30
1 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Columbus Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 31
1 minutes 2 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
A tree in the four seasons - spring buds, green summer foliage, orange and yellow autumn leaves, and bare winter branches with snow. Caption: Why do we have seasons?
All About the Holidays
Episode 32
1 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)
All About the Holidays
Episode 33
1 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Illustration of a man wearing a waistcoat, hands on hips, standing next to a tree. Caption: The father of Arbor Day was J. Sterling Morton,
All About the Holidays
Episode 34
1 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Cinco de Mayo
All About the Holidays
Episode 35
1 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Native American Heritage Month
All About the Holidays
Episode 36
1 minutes 28 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Teacher Appreciation Week
All About the Holidays
Episode 37
1 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Indigenous Peoples Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 38
1 minutes 39 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 39
1 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Texas Independence Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 40
1 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: National Library Week
All About the Holidays
Episode 41
1 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: International Women's Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 42
1 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Illustration of a man standing at a podium with the seal of the President of the United States of America on it while gesturing towards a plane flying in the sky pulling a banner that says, "National Aviation Day". Caption: established National Aviation Day on August 19
All About the Holidays
Episode 43
1 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: The 100th Day of School
All About the Holidays
Episode 44
1 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: April Fools' Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 45
1 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 12
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Eid al-Fitr
All About the Holidays
Episode 46
1 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Split image of bright sunny day and night sky with equal sign in the middle. Caption: because, at those times, the day is exactly equal to the night.
All About the Holidays
Episode 47
1 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Women's History Month
All About the Holidays
Episode 48
1 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: International Youth Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 49
1 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: St. Patrick's Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 50
1 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: New Year's Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 51
1 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: All About the Holidays: Hispanic Heritage Month
All About the Holidays
Episode 52
1 minutes 41 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8