Thanksgiving Day


What is Thanksgiving in America?

Thanksgiving Day is an annual event which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year in the United States. It has been celebrated since 1863. Thanksgiving is a special day on which families and friends get together for a special meal and thank each other for their contributions in their lives. Grand meals are arranged which include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, vegetable, and potatoes.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of festive season and holidays in America as it is followed by Black Friday and later Christmas. This festive season also marks the opening of Christmas shopping season. Sometimes people go on trips during this time to celebrate the holidays. Thanksgiving Day parades are also held in various states of America.

Thanksgiving – United States

Does the UK celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest festival celebrated in America and the Caribbean countries at the end of the agricultural year. It is the time when locals show gratitude to each other. The people in the UK follow their own set of customs and traditions, they have their own harvest season and festivals, which is quite similar but not exactly the same as the tradition of Thanksgiving.

What date will Thanksgiving Day be in 2018?
Thanksgiving in 2018 will be on November 22, Thursday.

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

Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

One can see turkey, pumpkin pie, potatoes and stuffing on the Thanksgiving dinner table. However, turkey is likely some of those foods which are compulsorily found on the dinner table. It is because Turkey was indigenous to North America which existed in abundance and served as a way to feed lots of people. Since the late nineteenth century, Turkey was established as a core item of Thanksgiving dinner.


When was the first Thanksgiving?

When in November 1621 newly arrived pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth and had a feast for celebrating the harvest of the autumn, the event was regarded as the “first Thanksgiving”.

pumpkins as a centrepiece

Is Thanksgiving always on the 24?

Thanksgiving is not always on the 24 rather it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November since 1941. As it was in 1941 when a United States Congressional declaration officially designated the fourth Thursday as the Thanksgiving holiday.

Is Thanksgiving always on a Thursday?

Yes, as per the declaration of 1941, Thanksgiving always falls on the 4th Thursday of November.

How long is Thanksgiving break?

Thanksgiving break is basically the winter break which lasts for two weeks or sometimes longer beginning on a Saturday encompassing the Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Well, the duration of the holidays also depends on the city in which you are living.

What are Thanksgiving traditions?

It is on Thanksgiving Day when people arrange lavish dinners for friends and family. Relatives and loved ones gather together and remember the loved ones who have passed. They also thank each other for contributing to the betterment of their lives. Also, families make toast and deliver thank you speeches for whatever they are thankful for over the past year. The true spirit of celebrating the festival lies in the togetherness of all.

Family Dinner

Last Updated: 9th November, 2018