Thanksgiving Day: Why is this day celebrated? Learn its history and heritage
Every year, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, and this year it falls on Thursday, November 26. The day has been marked as a national holiday in the United States and is celebrated with great pomp in many parts of India, especially in Goa. However, in Canada this day is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
Thanksgiving Day was first introduced on November 26, 189 by George Washington, the first President of the United States, and then Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. This day has different meanings in different countries.
History of Thanksgiving Day
In September 1820, 102 people of various religions left England in search of a new refuge on a ship called the May Flower. Two months later, they arrived in Massachusetts. Many of the pilgrims fell ill and weakened due to starvation and cold. Those who were healthy came ashore from the ship. There they built a village.
Later, they are introduced to a tribe called Squanto, an American Indian. They are the ones who teach the pilgrims how to cultivate maize, catch fish, collect maple and avoid poisonous plants.
In November 1821, those pilgrims succeeded in harvesting the first maize crop. The then Governor William Bradford hosted a banquet with all the aborigines and the pilgrims on this happy occasion, which lasted for three consecutive days. On that occasion everyone first thanked God for keeping them healthy and giving them grain. Then everyone thanked everyone for cooperating with each other. This event is recognized as America's first Thanksgiving Day.
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Then, in 189, George Washington declared November 26 the first Thanksgiving Day. Abraham Lincoln later moved the day to the fourth Thursday in November, and he again declared it a national holiday in 183 at the repeated request of author Sarah Joseph Hall.
Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the holiday season is in full swing
On this day, family, neighbors, friends all come together and thank God for every success in everyone's life, for the success of country and nation. Very good food is cooked these days. The main food on the menu is turkey roast. Also available are cranberry sauce, candy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and traditional pumpkin pie, grapes, stew, and more.