Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the United States of America and Canada. It is a national holiday there. This day is celebrated to pay thanks for the boon of the harvest. In USA, this day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and in Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October.
“May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize
And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs.”
It was started in 1621, when the Wampanoag Indians and the colonists of Plymouth shared the harvest feast and that was the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colony and for two centuries it was celebrated by those individual states and colonies only.
In 1863 that is in the midst of civil war, President Abraham Lincoln announced it “national Thanksgiving Day” and since then, it is considered as a national holiday.
Like many other festivals, this day is also losing its original significance. Now a days, it is all about cooking and sharing an ample amount of food with family and friends.
On this day, most of the Americans eat deep-fried, baked or roasted bird (according to national Turkey Federation). There are other popular traditional foods also, which are consumed on this day : mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.
Not only this, the best activity of this day is “volunteering”. There are certain communities who arrange food drives and free dinners for the less affluent people.
The other famous and attractive activity of this day is “Parade”, which is going on since 1924. The largest parade presented by Macy’s department store, attracts near about 3 million of observers along 2.5 mile route. The parade features various performances, marching bands and cartoon character shaped balloons.
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