Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America is traditionally a holiday to give thanks for the food collected at the end of the harvest season. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in USA and Canada. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. In the year 1863, President Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day is traditionally for families and friends to get together for a special meal. Turkey is the main delicacy of this meal along with stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is believed to be the opening of the Christmas shopping season. As this eve falls on the weekend, people plan this particular weekend for a 4-day short trip to visit family and friends.
Most of the government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day, one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA, leads to traffic congestion and overcrowding.
There are some people who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters stage a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving in Canada was traced by the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, sharing food with the indigenous peoples of the area. Thanksgiving Day is declared as government holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada, with the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Each year at Thanksgiving, the President of the United States receives a gift of a live turkey. At a White House ceremony, the president traditionally “pardons” the National Thanksgiving Turkey and the alternate turkeys, allowing them to live out the rest of their lives on a farm.
Thanksgiving is often considered as an opportunity to help the poors. Some people volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day.
New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most famous parades in USA. The parade includes marching bands, floats, songs and performances from Broadway musicals, and giant helium-filled balloons.
It’s been America’s one of the most awaited feast with lots of fun, good food, and lively atmosphere all around. It’s considered as a buildup for the Christmas Eve.