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Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day
What's thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day is a national and cultural holiday, celebrated primarily in the United States of America and Canada, as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvests and of the preceding year.
When it's celebrated?
Canada:
2nd Monday in October.
Liberia:
1st Thursday in November.
Norfolk Island:
Last Wednesday in November.
USA:
Fourth Thursday in November
It's observed by wich states/ territories?
States:




Territories:



History (USA)
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't a holiday until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday to be held each November.
Traditions
Family Reunion and Feasting
Tradition of Turkey
Parades
Football Games
Family feast is an important tradition during Thanksgiving. The entire family sits at the table during dinner and offer prayer to the Lord Almighty for his continuous grace. It is also a time for relatives living in different places to come together and celebrate.
The traditional stuffed turkey adorns every dinner table during the feast. Pumpkin pie, Cranberry sauce, Corns are some of the dishes cooked everywhere to mark the day. Historians don't have an evidence that turkey was eaten during the first Thanksgiving dinner, but the thanksgiving celebration will be incomplete without it.
The traditional Thanksgiving parade probably started with President Lincoln proclaiming it an official day. The full-dress parade is a way to display the country's military strength and discipline. The main aim of such parades is to lift the spirits of the spectators, provide them with wholesome entertainment. In the present day, parades are accompanied with musical show and celebrities. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of Christmas shopping season.
Watching NFL football during Thanksgiving is a popular tradition. The traditional game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers continues. One of the most memorable games having been played on this day.
2014 date
Canada:
October, 13.
Liberia:
November, 6.
Norfolk Island:
November, 26.
USA:
November, 27.
What do people do?
Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal
Public life
Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.
Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA. This can cause congestion and overcrowding.
Similar holidays.
Germany:
The Harvest Thanksgiving Festival, Emtedankfest, is an early October, German Christian festival. The festival has a significant religious component to it, but also, like it's North American counterpart, includes large harvest dinners and parades.

Japan:
Labor Thanksgiving Day, is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place annually on November 23. It has roots in an ancient harvest ceremony celebrating hard work.
Watching NFL football during Thanksgiving is a popular tradition. The traditional game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers continues one of the most memorable games.
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