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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.
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    Thanksgiving Recipes

    There is another harvest season and its time to thank God for plentiful crop for the year and pray for the same for the coming year.

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    Thanksgiving Decoration

    hanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by the natives of America and Canada. The First Thanksgiving was celebrated as a mark of gratitude to Jesus for the first corn harvest in the New World in the month of November in 1621. It was after the American Revolution in 1789 that George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday to express gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence.

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    On Thanksgiving and always, may you and your loved ones savor all that is rich...may the festivities come alive with the cornucopia of hope, faith and goodwill.
    As the festive dinner is laid, and with rich aromas the air is replete, it is only by offering heartfelt thanks to the Lord- that the family Thanksgiving celebrations are complete.
    A Thankful person is always more likely to be happy not just on Thanksgiving but right through life... so make a start this Thanksgiving!!!
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    If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.-
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
    And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.
    Alice W. Brotherton
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