Thanksgiving Day is commemorated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November to thank God for providing them with each meal. Although it has religious and cultural roots, it has long been observed as an annual national holiday, signalling the beginning of the holiday season. The day is observed on November 25, Thursday, this year.
History Of Thanksgiving Day
The day’s origins can be traced back to the history of America, as well as its cultural and religious traditions. The first Thanksgiving Day, according to English tradition, was marked in 1621 after a harvest feast shared by English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and Native American Wampanoag people in 1621. People gather for a feast to honour the Lord for his favours on this day. Thanksgiving was honoured on numerous dates in the United States until the time of President Abraham Lincoln. The president, however, declared the fourth Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving Day.
Importance of Thanksgiving Day
On this day, the family gathers to share a feast of turkey and pumpkin pie while thanking God for blessing them with a lovely life and a delicious supper. On this day, some people go to church specifically to seek the Lord’s blessings.
Celebrations And Traditions Of Thanksgiving Day
Most Americans gather on this day to express their gratitude through food, family, and football. Thanksgiving is a one-of-a-kind occasion in which people write down what they are thankful for and then read it out from scraps of paper.
Along with the other Thanksgiving Day activities, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in New York City. It is the world’s largest Thanksgiving parade, with gigantic cartoon balloons floating through the skies with dancers and marching bands accompanying them. However, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the celebrations are likely to be minimal. Those who are unable to join their families can participate in the feast via video calling.
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