Thanksgiving Day in USA 2021, November 25, Meaning behind the holiday , Celebrations

Thanksgiving day is observed in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November, which means Thanksgiving day 2021 will be on  November 25 this year. Autumn harvest feast in 1621 was celebrated by Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans as the first American Thanksgiving. Individual colonies and states have observed days of gratitude for over two centuries. President Abraham Lincoln finally declared a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, right in the middle of the Civil War.

First Ever Thanksgiving :

102 people boarded the Mayflower at Plymouth, England in September 1620. They hoped to find a new home where they might freely practice their religion. A few others were seduced by the New World’s promise of wealth and land ownership. After a harrowing and exhausting 66-day voyage, they anchored off the coast of Cape Cod. It was thousands of miles away from their original goal at the entrance of the Hudson River. A month later, the Mayflower sailed across Massachusetts Bay. The Pilgrims set about building a town at Plymouth, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

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The majority of the colonists stayed on board the ship throughout the bitterly cold first winter. Many succumbed to exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of infectious illness. Most Mayflower passengers and crew died before seeing their first spring in New England. They were stunned in March when an Abenaki Native American paid them a surprise visit and greeted them in English.

On his return to the Pawtuxet tribe, he met up with another Native American, Squanto. Squanto had been captured by an English sea captain and sold into slavery in the Caribbean before making his way to London and making an exploring trip back to his homeland. He taught the malnourished and sick Pilgrims how to grow maize, get maple syrup, catch fish in the rivers, and avoid dangerous plants thanks to him.

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A feast honoring the nascent colony’s Native American friends was held in November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest had proven successful. Governor William Bradford summoned the Wampanoag leader Massasoit. The three-day feast is now known as “the first Thanksgiving” in the United States.

Meaning Of Thanksgiving day:

Thanksgiving’s meaning has changed several times over the years, from an expression of thanks for survival to a council’s acknowledgement of its growing community to local Indians’ surrender to the British’s defeat, resulting in a collection of our nation’s customs and ideals. Thanksgiving day has evolved throughout the years as families have established their own traditions, keeping what was most important to them.

To get together as a group – On Thanksgiving, it’s a breath of fresh air when everyone gathers for a shared cause in thanksgiving celebration. It’s both a time for settling scores and a time for mending wounds.

To impart knowledge to future generations – Every generation finds meaning and purpose in the richness of their history via the retelling of stories. A Thanksgiving family heritage includes faded photos, emotional trinkets, and even the prayer of thanksgiving before the feast.

Gratitude – In a spirit of thanksgiving day, we sincerely consider the many blessings in our life . When we express our gratitude by “giving-thanks,” we choose to extend ourselves and help those who are less fortunate. We are able to serve others because we have a lot of love in our hearts to give.

Celebrations And Rituals Of Thanksgiving Day:

For many families in the United States, Thanksgiving day has lost much of its religious overtones and is now more about gathering around the table to enjoy a hearty dinner with loved ones. There is still debate as to whether the Pilgrims served turkey at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, a bird that has become almost associated with the festival.

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Thanksgiving Celebrations

According to the National Turkey Federation, almost 90% of Americans now consume turkey on Thanksgiving, whether roasted, baked, or deep-fried. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are all typical Thanksgiving fare. Volunteering is a popular Thanksgiving Day pastime. Many towns conduct food drives and provide free Thanksgiving feasts for those in need.

Thanksgiving Parade

In cities and towns around the United States, parades have also become an important element of the celebration. The Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, presented by Macy’s department store since 1924. It is the largest and most renowned in the country. It draws 2 to 3 million people along its 2.5-mile route and a huge television viewership. Marching bands, entertainers, ornate floats portraying various celebrities, and huge balloons in the style of cartoon characters are all common elements.

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