Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day

What’s Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States. It’s celebrated the last Thursday of November every year. Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday. The United States and Canada celebrates this special day. For many years, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by several colonies and states. They blessed the past year. Thanksgiving Day became an official holiday in 1863 in the U.S.

A little bit of history…

Travelers and migrants brought different religious traditions from Europe to the United States and Canada. Some events which they celebrated are known as the first Thanksgiving. The best known is the celebration held by the pilgrims in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts after their journey across the Atlantic Ocean on the famous Mayflower ship. Like the pilgrims, many groups spent days of prayer, fasting or feasting to give thanks for successfully making the long boat journey. Later, settlers celebrated their successful harvest in a new land by throwing feasts with their Native American neighbors. Over time, the Canadian and American traditions have become alike and developed into the modern holiday of Thanksgiving.

Modern Thanksgiving

In both Canada and America, family and friends gather for a meal, lunch or dinner, but others celebrate Thanksgiving in a different way. Traditional lunch or dinner in America often includes turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pies. Every family has its own recipes and “cooking perk”, sometimes secret recipes transmitted through generations. Parades and football games also have strong associations with Thanksgiving. For example, In the United States, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in New York City in the morning of Thanksgiving. It’s one of the world’s largest parades and is broadcast nationwide. A similar Thanksgiving parade happens in Canada as part of the Kitchener–Waterloo Oktoberfest, a multi-day autumn festival. Thanksgiving is a special occasion to spend time with loved ones and express gratitude for the year that has passed.


Un guest post di Antonella Gargarella Martelli e Valeria Pavoni.


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