What is Thanksgiving Day & Why?

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What is the history behind Thanksgiving day? Why we celebrate thanksgiving? What is thanksgiving day?

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I was asked many times about thanksgiving day as it isn’t familiar to non-US and non-Canadian people. Especially, the people who come from the East, really do not understand thanksgiving day except having a Turkey.

Thanksgiving day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of each November in any year throughout the North American continent, Europe and the entire Western World. In some cases, dates, traditions and meanings are slightly different from the USA.

Thanksgiving Day is originated from British Protestant Reformations and it was brought to North America In 1621, the Plymouth colonists (Pilgrims) and the Wampanoag which was an autumn harvest feast and is being celebrated till today as Thanksgiving day.

What is the meaning of Thanksgiving?

In Ancient times, People worked hard around the year. Especially, they do farming from Spring to Autumn. During Spring, Summer and Autumn, they worked hard for their crops. In the Autumn, they harvested their crops. After they collected and stored their centrepiece of hard work, they celebrated their joy of successful end. When there weren’t proper religions, they worshipped nature which helps them to successfully go through. So, they prayed to nature and thanked Nature. So, they had a festival to celebrate the joy of protection throughout the Winter.

What is the meaning of Thanksgiving Today’s World?

Today, it has a deep meaning. We are thankful to God for all the blessings, farmers and everyone who worked hard to ensure our daily bread. Meanwhile, we enjoy the day with friends and family to be thankful to them too. Autumn and Winter are full of festivals. That’s why I really appreciate this year-end season the Most.

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was celebrated for 3 days in 1621 and it was the first known origin of North American thanksgiving. Even the British people complete their harvesting in October, they celebrate Thanksgiving in November with the US.

White House Thanksgiving Tradition

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History teaches us that the Great US President “Abraham Lincoln” proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the USA on October 3rd of 1863. Lincon was inspired by Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” 17 years ago. And there is no Lamb today and Turkey has invaded the thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey was not a part of thanksgiving dinner until this national holiday call. Presidents of the United States have a mixed record of pardoning turkeys. Although Harry Truman is often regarded as the first president to pardon a turkey, this is not entirely correct. He was the first person to be presented with a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation — and he ate it for supper. John F. Kennedy was the first president to send a Thanksgiving turkey to a petting zoo, followed by Richard Nixon, who sent his bird to a zoo. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush codified the turkey pardoning custom.

How many cities in US called Turkey?

 Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina states do have cities called Turkey. And, between Europe and the Middle East, there lies a nation named Turkey. In case you are completely unaware of it.

I believe that you have a clear idea about thanksgiving festival day and its meaning it. I made a video for YouTube about Halloween Day. It is another Autumn Festival that was celebrated last October.

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