What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day, also known as Turkey Day, is a day to be thankful or show gratitude for what you have. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day falls on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
How did it start?
Thanksgiving day was a harvest festival. It was a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed of material possessions and relationships. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.
Did you know
- Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
- The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day!
- The ‘wishbone’ of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.
How they celebrate this holiday in the USA?
Families gather for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A Thanksgiving dinner usually looks something like this: the famous turkey with stuffing, yams, bread rolls, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, … and pumpkin pie as dessert.
They watch a football game or the Macy`s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York which gets broadcasts.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by Macy’s. It`s a three-hour event held in New York City. In addition to the well-known balloons and floats, the Parade also features live music and other performances. (Watching the parade: 9 tips from Adventures with Ben)
If you`re traveling on this holiday, like lots of families do to be with their loved ones. Or as a little getaway for a long weekend, here are a few interesting articles I came across that might help you out, as it is a very busy time to travel:
Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. It is associated with special sales and promotions that retailers use to encourage shoppers to use the holiday weekend for shopping.