Thanksgiving Day

Celebrated on a fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada, Thanksgiving is a national holiday. Apart from these two major states there are some other nations where this day is observed to give thanks for the preceding year's harvest.

  • The beginnings of this festival in Canada can be dated back to the seventeenth century French settlers who on the occasion of having a good harvest celebrated this day and shared the food with the natives. Similarly in the U.S, Thanksgiving was brought along with the English Puritan immigrants who as believed by the historians celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

  • Nowadays however, this festival has become an opportunity for families and friends to get together and spend some quality time with each other. In the U.S it is more of a four day long weekend, where people get off from work and travel from distant places to have dinner with their close ones.

  • The celebrations and practices of Thanksgiving include coming together of family members and friends in large numbers to have a Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey being the inevitable dish. Other traditional Thanksgiving delicacies include cranberry sauce, pecan pie, Brussels sprouts, etc.

  • Thanksgiving Dates

    Year U.S. Thanksgiving Canadian Thanksgiving
    2014 Thursday, November 27 Monday, October 13
    2015 Thursday, November 26 Monday, October 12
    2016 Thursday, November 24 Monday, October 10
    2017 Thursday, November 23 Monday, October 9
    2018 Thursday, November 22 Monday, October 8
    2019 Thursday, November 28 Monday, October 14
    2020 Thursday, November 26 Monday, October 12
    2021 Thursday, November 25 Monday, October 11
    2022 Thursday, November 24 Monday, October 10

    Thanksgiving United States

    It's been celebrated every year since 1863, when US President Abraham Lincoln declared this as a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", during the Civil War. However, the event 'First Thanksgiving', as called by the Americans dates further back to 1621 when the pilgrims celebrated it I the 'New World' after their first harvest.

    Thanksgiving  United States


    US Holidays in 2017

    Day Date Holiday
    Sun Jan 01, 2017 New Year's Day
    Mon Jan 16, 2017 M L King Day
    Tue Feb 14, 2017 Valentine's Day
    Mon Feb 20, 2017 Presidents' Day
    Fri Apr 14, 2017 Good Friday
    Sun Apr 16, 2017 Easter Sunday
    Sun May 14, 2017 Mother's Day
    Mon May 29, 2017 Memorial Day
    Sun Jun 18, 2017 Father's Day
    Tue Jul 04, 2017 Independence Day
    Mon Sep 04, 2017 Labor Day
    Mon Oct 09, 2017 Columbus Day
    Tue Oct 31, 2017 Halloween
    Sat Nov 11, 2017 Veterans Day
    Thu Nov 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Day
    Mon Dec 25, 2017 Christmas

    Thanksgiving Canada

    The origin of Canadian Thanksgiving can be trace back to 1578 when explorer Martin Frobisher on his voyage from England to Pacific Ocean in search of a northern passage to reach the latter, held the Thanksgiving celebration. This, he did not for the good harvest but to survive the dangerous icebergs and storms on the course of his journey.

    Thanksgiving  Canada

    Present Day Celebrations

    It makes up for the day of friends and family reunion wherein they all spend a good time together over a special meal. The day is synonyms with fun & entertainment, gifting, community praying and family feasting. Turkey is the main dish of the meal along with some other cooked delicacies. After a great meal, people indulge themselves in various entertaining activities like playing charades, watching a movie, taking family pictures, etc.

    Traditionally renowned as a harvest festival, people basically express their gratefulness towards God and thank him for all what they possess in life and seek his divine blessings, apart from thanking him for a bountiful harvest.

    Thanksgiving parades are a common site across some cities and towns in United Sates, held on this day. People go frenzy over shopping and eating out at restaurants is an inherent part of Thanksgiving Day celebration. Also, football matches are closely associated with the celebration and are organized every year during this time. Americans also consider the Thanksgiving weekend to be the beginning of Christmas season.

    Gaiety and rapture occupies the hearts of the people during Thanksgiving celebrations. Both kids and adults look forward for the Grandeur feasts to be prepared on this festive occasion.

    Present Day Celebrations

    Some Special Facts & Notes

    • It's not a day of celebration for one and all. A group of Native Americans stage a protest for National Day of Morning at Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. It's been done every year since 1970.
    • American Indian Heritage Day (also known as Native American Heritage Day), is observed in United States on the Friday after the Thanksgiving Day. It is observed in the honor of rich history, cultural heritage and inevitable contributions of American Indians to United States. This day is recognized as a State holiday in some states, for example Maryland.
    • The first main Thanksgiving, traced back to 1623, was observed by the pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when they thanked the rain which ended a long period of drought. During these old times, the day was observed in the form of special church services and not feasts.
    • George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.

    Last Updated: 31st August, 2017