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When is Thanksgiving Day?
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, 28 November 2019
With a large number of lined up festivals and celebrations, comes Thanksgiving Day. Right after the Halloween craze is over, families start preparing for Thanksgiving. It brings families together on this one day where they eat, chit-chat, and celebrate together.
But all this comes to a question, do we know why do people actually celebrate Thanksgiving Day? Let’s fill up our knowledge tanks and prepare to celebrate this day with authenticity and the true essence of it.
Going back to how it started:
Thanksgiving is originated form native America, where people used to gather together and during the harvest festival and extend their gratitude to God for the harvest and the blessings they received throughout the year.
The authentic historic story says:
- A sailing vessel, called Mayflower carrying 102 pilgrims, crossed the Atlantic. It was a very rough ride as the sea storm and the waves did not support much. To their relief, the pilgrims comforted themselves by singing and diverting their attention.
- Reaching their final destination, Virginia had become a tough deal due to constant bad weather. After 66 days they arrived Plymouth with 46 dead pilgrims on board who could not fight with the cold weather.
- The survivors then learned how to grow food with the help of a Native Indian, but could not succeed due to the region being affected by a severe drought. Later, each one of them decided to opt to fast and pray to the almighty for a healthy harvest.
- Their prayers were answered and crops like corn, beans, and pumpkins were flourished.
- A 3-day feast was organized to pay the regards to the Almighty for whatever they gave, then following every year, it became a tradition and was celebrated with glee.
- On being declared as a National Holiday, Thanksgiving gave a relief to the American Workers from their daily jobs.
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
The 4th Thursday of the month of November is observed as Thanksgiving day. Right after this, comes the Black Friday, altogether bringing the joy of celebration and shopping. Thanksgiving ends with beginning the mark of Christmas shopping and preparations.
But Why November?
Thanksgiving was originally observed in November. After being declared as a holiday by Abraham Lincoln, it was marked as the last Thursday of the month. But President Roosevelt moved it to the 3rd Thursday of the month with the intention of extending the Christmas shopping time.
Later the Congress passed the law, stating the Annual National Holiday to be observed on the 4th Thursday of November.
How are famished tummies filled on Thanksgiving?
“We want Turkey, we want Turkey”, is the most common dialogue we hear every year in everyone’s house.
Slow Roast Turkey is the most common dish served during the Thanksgiving Dinner, due to which this day is also celebrated as the Turkey Day.
Be it small or large scale, American farmers raise a good amount of Turkeys, every year, to prepare the feast of Thanksgiving Day.
Some of the basic dishes include Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce, assorted vegetables, red wine, etc.
To add an essence to your already watering mouth, here are some authentic meal ideas prepared for the dinner:
- Slow Roast herbs chicken with beetroot and Brussels
- Slow cooker mashed potatoes, vegetables
- Pumpkin spiced wine
- Pecan bread pudding etc.
This day is just not celebrated to eat and chit chat. It marks the glory of the family members, who earn a living for their loved ones. They all sit and discuss their accomplishments and future milestones to be covered. Thanksgiving is merely not a festival, it has various emotions involved, which are expressed during the celebration.
How to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and enjoy to the fullest?
People come out on the streets to enjoy the day with neighbors and random people. They meet and greet each other, the New York City has its streets packed during the day as well as during the night, with bands playing in harmony, people dancing here and there, various artists putting up shows, magicians showcasing their skills and tricks, etc.
Its a day to extend your gratitude to God, for everything he gave you, friends and family for keeping up with you through your thick and thin, ups and downs.
It generally starts with exchanging gifts and personalized messages with each other. The ones who really intend to put any effort into the family, prepare a mouth-watering Thanksgiving Menu, work hard to get the things done, decorates the house with lanterns, lights, streamers, etc.
Macy’s Parade is another attraction for the day which usually marks the official announcement for the beginning of the Christmas Shopping.
Thanksgiving is a festival which is celebrated to forget unhappiness and sorrows of life for at least a day.
Thanksgiving Traditions and Rituals
According to the basic tradition and rituals, each and every individual celebrates the day with their families. Those who live in faraway places, also try and come back to their homes to celebrate with their families.
Turkey is the staple dish for the day, without which the celebration is considered incomplete. The families reunite and sit together, watch football matches, play games like a treasure hunt, picture puzzle, etc with their loved ones.
Various friendly competitions are held for fun purposes and are enthusiastically performed.
Various countries like The United States of America, Canada, Germany etc, observe thanksgiving as a long weekend off and often gather together to celebrate.
Thanksgiving is celebrated as one of the major festivals among the people. With enthusiasm, people prepare for the festival and mark the beginning of their Christmas shopping days. Accompanied with lavish meals, beautifully decorated houses are an addition to the celebration spirit of the people.
Thanksgiving is a day that brings everyone close, keeping personal issues and grudges aside. New York City is definitely on the checklist to be visited during the Autumn season. With the pretty falling leaves, each day before Thanksgiving becomes worth experiencing.