Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia on various dates. This started as a day of thanksgiving and gratitude for the harvest and the previous year’s blessing. Throughout Germany and Japan, similarly named summer holidays take place. Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday of October and in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November and in other countries around the same time of the year. While Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has also been celebrated for a long time as a secular holiday.
When is Thanksgiving Day (USA) in 2019?
Thanksgiving Day (USA) in 2019 is on Thursday, the 28th of Nov.
Facts of Thanksgiving Day (USA)
Thanksgiving Day is born from the celebration of the harvest. Generally speaking, Americans thank God for their autumn harvest and all the other achievements they have accomplished in the year. The U.S. Thanksgiving Day is being held in November on the fourth Thursday. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the day to be a federal holiday in 1863. It’s a day off for American workers as well.
History of Thanksgiving Day (USA)
The history of Thanksgiving Day dates back to the 16th century when Texas held the first Thanksgiving dinner.
A sailing vessel named Mayflower crossed the Atlantic with about 102 passengers, according to historians. Due to terrible storms in the sea, the journey was arduous. Singing comforted the passengers.
They arrived in Plymouth after 66 days and could not continue to their original destination due to bad weather, Virginia. In fact, in the cold winter, about 46 pilgrims died. The survivors learned from Squanto, a native Indian, how to grow food. A severe drought followed, however, and the pilgrims engaged in fasting and prayer to ask God for a bountiful harvest. Heat, rising their corn, beans, and pumpkins, replied to their prayers.
In the fall of 1621, a 3-day feast was arranged by Governor William Bradford to thank God for his favors. While there is no proof, it is assumed that this was the Pilgrims ‘ first day of Thanksgiving. These activities became quite popular in the following years and were celebrated annually. George Washington declared the day of thanksgiving on October 3, 1789, the first president of the United States. The day was later declared by then-President Abraham Lincoln as a public holiday in 1863.
When is Thanksgiving?
Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday is usually preceded by the day. This is a perfect time to start shopping for Christmas. Why in November is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day falls on November’s first Thursday. The day has been celebrated since the start of this holiday in November. President Abraham Lincoln declared in 1863 that on the last Thursday of November the day would be celebrated. Throughout 1939, with plans to prolong the Christmas shopping season, President Roosevelt moved the day to the third Thursday of the month. Finally, it was passed by Congress as a statute for the day to be celebrated on November’s fourth Thursday.
Which Food is Eaten On Thanksgiving Day?
Turkey is the most popular meal served at Thanksgiving Dinner. That’s why Thanksgiving Day is also known as Turkey Day. In preparation for the Thanksgiving Holiday, American farmers raise millions of turkeys each year. Other popular meals are potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and a variety of vegetables on this day.
Why Thanksgiving is celebrated?
It’s a day to thank God for the past year’s good harvest. The day also appreciates the efforts of all Americans as a country in their various income-generating tasks and accomplishments. Families and friends come together to share and celebrate their successes and accomplishments.
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
Perhaps the day is full of color and pomp. Exchanging presents with your loved ones and exchanging lovely Thanksgiving messages is a great time. Have a special Thanksgiving meal and Turkey, potatoes and a variety of vegetables to satisfy your family and friends. You can attend Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City and enjoy vibrant performances if you’re looking to venture outside the city. The parades usually mark Christmas shopping’s official opening.
Although for more than four centuries Thanksgiving Day has been observed, its rituals continue to this day. Family reunion and celebrations are popular as prayers are offered to God for His continuous grace. Thanksgiving ceremony without turkey is deemed to be incomplete. Also, a common tradition on this day is watching NFL football and playing Thanksgiving games like scavenger hunting and picture puzzle.