Thanksgiving Day in America
There is one day a year when all Americans stay home with their families and eat a big dinner. This is Thanksgiving Day.
History The pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621. The pilgrims sailed to America on board the "Mayflower" ship for religious freedom. They were among the first European settlers in America.
The following spring the Indians taught the pilgrims how to hunt, fish, plant and survive in America. The crops did well and in the fall of 1621 pilgrims had a great harvest. They were thankful and decided to celebrate with a Thanksgiving feast.
Americans still celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the fall. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving Day Symbols Pumpkins are a Thanksgiving favorite for about 400 years.
Turkey is an inseparable part of Thanksgiving celebration.
Cranberry sauce is turkey's favorite thanksgiving feast partner
Corn were a part of first thanks giving feast & are popular till date
Cornucopia is a horn-shaped basket filled with fruits & goodies
Beans are regarded as the third of the Indian Three Sisters
The famous First thanksgiving feast was a gesture to thank God to help them survive the bitter winter. George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. The idea attracted mixed reaction. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
'Thanksgiving Parade' is an important tradition. It was first held in the year 1924 in Detroit down to Woodward Avenue.
Important features of the parade are moving stands with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching bands.
Уходящий с поста президент США Джордж Буш (George W. Bush) в последний раз "помиловал" индейку. По традиции, главы Белого дома каждый год даруют "помилование" избранной индейке, избавив ее от участи быть съеденной на ужине.
Thanksgiving Day Customs Custom of praying For centuries, 'Thanksgiving Day' is associated with communal prayers in church and in homes It is also a day to show gratitude to your friends and relatives for all the good deeds
Custom of Family Dinner Relatives drive down to be with their family. Feasts are usually held at home. It is a time to enjoy their favorite 'Roasted Turkey' with the family
Custom of Decoration Thanksgiving is a time to decorate homes with wreaths, fresh and dried flowers. They light lamps to brighten the environment. Tables are adorned with best china and antique silver cutlery to mark the occasion.
Custom of sending messages Thanksgiving is a day when people send loving messages and warm wishes to their relatives, colleagues at work place, superiors and subordinates, near and dear ones. It is a day of conveying their feelings through Thanksgiving cards
Thanksgiving Day Gifts