Thanksgiving Day celebration in the United States of America has come a long way right from history of the USA. This year Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America was held on Thursday, November 24 2016. What is the Thanksgiving Day all about, its origin, history, myth and lessons surrounding this ancient celebration in the new world as America was once known. That what i will tell you as you read on.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. I want you know also that thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.
Let me inform you that more people in the US celebrate thanksgiving than Christmas. Thanksgiving is a secular holiday in a country that officially separates church and state so this probably makes sense.
History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving in the united states has a rich history, it can be trace back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth plantation, where the pilgrims from England landed and celebrated their first harvest feast after successfully growing corn on the fields of the new world.
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition.
Who set the first thanksgiving date in the United States
The national holiday was first proclaimed by the first president of the United States, George Washington on October 3, 1789.
It was Abraham Lincoln at the height of the American Civil War in 1863 declare every last Thursday of November every year as the national day of thanksgiving in America.
In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. While today’s Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table and say Thank you Lord!