Thanksgiving Day is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in the United States and Canada. On this day people express their thanks to God for the bountiful of harvest and for what they have in life. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday and is observed on the fourth Thursday of November. The day provides people with the opportunity to catch up with family members and friends. People also take part in a number of activities or they just relax and enjoy each other's company. The day also marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday season.
A number of Thanksgiving Day activities are observed on this day. Some of theses include:
The first celebration of the bountiful harvest was a grand dinner organized by the pilgrims in 1621 in Plymouth. Hence, Thanksgiving became a day for food and feast. The Thanksgiving dinner is a large meal comprising various dishes. Turkey is the main dish of the feast. People usually organize Thanksgiving dinners at their place and invite all their family members and friends to enjoy the feast.
Thanksgiving is unthinkable without the turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and, of course, Thanksgiving Day Football. Americans love football and this becomes all the more evident on Thanksgiving Day when exciting matches are held between schools, colleges and rival sports clubs. Once a tradition among the American high schools and colleges, Thanksgiving Day Football is today played by the NFL as well. In NFL's two franchisee cities, Detroit and Dallas, Thanksgiving Day Football has become a part of Thanksgiving Day activities.
This Thanksgiving Day, exercise your muscles by taking part in the Thanksgiving Day Race. It is an ideal sport and is not only exciting but is also healthy and good for your heart. It would surely give a perfect start to your day. People of all ages can take part in the race.
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade has been enthralling spectators for over 90 years. The first parade was held in 1924 and since then it has become a mega spectacle. Held in New York, the parade is a three-hour event and begins at nine in the morning. The parade is truly a magical experience for both children and adults.
This is an exciting game that you can play at home. Take a pumpkin or two and hide them at convenient places in your house, garden or backyard. Tell the kids and other family members to search for the pumpkins. Whoever finds out the location of the pumpkins first gets to keep the prize.
Thanksgiving Day is all about thanking God for all that you have. The best way to express your gratitude is to prepare a fabulous Thanksgiving wreath. This is fun and creative! Get a few autumn leaves, paper, glue and get down to making the wreath. Once done, hang the wreath on your door or porch and awe your neighbors and friends.
Invite your friends and cousins to your home for rounds of exciting indoor games. There are a number of games out there in the market which are fun to play. Some of these include Scrabble, Yahtzee, Chutes & Ladders, Trivial Pursuit, among others.