Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving – Wikipedia
When is it celebrates ?
In Autumn, Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
In 1620 a small group of people known as the Pilgrims sailed to North America from Europe to start a new life and escape religious persecution. They sailed on the Mayflower ship and landed near Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. The 65 day trip to the New World was cold and difficult and many people became sick and died. Luckily the Pilgrims met the local Indians who helped them survive the terrible winter. The Indians taught them how to grow corn and other vegetables, and to hunt and fish. The next year, in December 1621, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated. The Pilgrims invited the Indians to a three-day feast, to give thanks for the successful harvest and for their help and friendship.
Thanksgiving Symbols and Traditions
People travel from all over the country to be with their family and friends on this holiday.
Roads and airports are very busy during Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving is also called Turkey Day, because a traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes a menu of turkey, cranberries, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie for dessert. It is also a tradition for US Presidents to “pardon” the White House Thanksgiving Turkeys. The live turkeys are “pardoned” and live the rest of their days on a farm, instead of on the dinner table. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, so schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed. Many cities have parades and special events. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most famous. There are also many American football games played all day.
So after eating so much food and celebrating all day, what do Americans do? Relax? No. They go shopping. The next day is Black Friday, which traditionally starts the Christmas season and is one of the biggest shopping days in the year.
T is for turkey on Thanksgiving Day,
H is for “Hurry, I’m hungry!” we say.
A is for Auntie, she works and she mends,
N is for Native American friends.
K is for kitchen, the oven’s on low,
S is for silverware, set in a row.
G is for Grandma, the one we love most,
I is for inside, where we’re warm as toast.
V is for vegetables, eat them we try,
I is for ice cream on top of the pie.
N is for never do we have enough dressing,
G is for Grandpa, who gives thanks for our blessings.