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In the United States, there are three types of Holidays.
- Federal Paid Holidays: At these holidays, Federal, State, and Local Government offices close. Post Offices close. In most cases Schools also close.
- Official Non-Paid Holidays. A good example is Flag Day. Possibly Arbor Day.
- Traditional Holidays. These holidays have no federal or state official recognition; but they are popular holidays with the general public. These holidays include Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween.
Most holidays, celebrated by the public, have a serious side and a fun side to them. There are exceptions to the rule. In the United States, Halloween is all fun. But in Mexico there is a serious side to it.
Holidays that have both serious and fun sides to them, include Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Independence Day, the proposed July 20th Space Exploration Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. President's Day does have Cherry Pies and Memorial Day often has picnics.
New Year's Eve & Day, Halloween and Valentine's Day are all fun orientation in the United States. Secretaries Day is almost a holiday.
Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, United Nations Day, and Martin Luther King's Birthday are usually strictly serious, mostly political holidays.
The fun traditions usually have some mythology, and symbolism associated with them. Be it Easter Eggs, Candy, Leprechauns, & Shamrocks, Santa Claus, Cherry Pies (George Washington) Turkey Dinners, etc.
The proposed Space Exploration Day Holiday will have a serious side, as the public reflects upon the opportunities in the Space Frontier. But it can also have a fun side with new traditions. Moon cakes are borrowed from the September Chinese Moon Festival, but Space Exploration Day Moon cakes don't have to be made the same way as the traditional Chinese ones. Chinese Moon cakes deserve to have their unique recipe. Space Exploration Day Moon Cakes should be a lighter texture. Diary Products have allusions to the cow jumping over the Moon, and the Moon being made of green cheese. That won't interfere with commemorating the first Moon Walk. For example, Christmas is a richer more fun, warm, family holiday with all of its traditions included.