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Last Updated: 16th November, 2019

When is Thanksgiving 2019?

Thanksgiving in 2019 is on Thursday, November 28

Thanksgiving Day Celebrations

It is a religious festival celebrated annually to give thanks to the lord for the harvest and the food that people have.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 is the time to thank the almighty for all the blessing bestowed on you during the harvest time by celebrating Thanksgiving

Traditionally this festival is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.In America Thanksgiving is a national holiday where every body takes part in the celebrations with their family and friends. It is time for everyone to thank the lord for all that they have been given.

 

Year DatesWeekday
2018 November 22 Thu
2019 November 28 Thu
2020 November 26 Thu
2021 November 25 Thu
2022 November 24 Thu
2023 November 23 Thu
2024 November 28 Thu
2025 November 27 Thu

Thanksgiving History

Thanksgiving day History

Everyone is well aware of the reasons for the Thanksgiving celebrations. It was the year 1621, when the ‘first Thanksgiving’ was celebrated by the colonists of ‘Plymouth’ and Wampanoag Indians collectively.The term‘Thanksgiving’ is synonymous to the traditional food being cooked on this day, to be more precise – a big fat turkey.

Thanksgiving: The First

When was first Thanksgiving

It was in September 1620 when a ship, Mayflower, had left with 102 passengers from England’s Plymouth in search of a new place to settle and they after a cumbersome journey reached Massachusetts Bay. The passengers(who later came to be known as Pilgrims) and the Wampanoag tribe, in the month of November 1621, celebrated the first Thanksgiving and enjoyed the feast of roasted turkeys, stuffing and sweet potatoes. These celebrations and the feast lasted three days.

Thanksgiving Food: The Change

Thanksgiving Food - turkey

Unlike the heavy rock-solid 20-pound turkeys of today, the traditional turkeys used to weigh only eight pounds. Hence, because of this traditionally, seafood and other meats were critical parts of the feast.

In fact, tons of savory as well as sweet pies were baked, so as to preserve meats and fruits. The Pumpkin Pie, a traditional food of ‘Thanksgiving’, is believed to be an English recipe originally involving slices of apple baked and pumpkin in a pie crust.

Thanksgiving:The Second

It is a lesser known fact that it was only the first Thanksgiving which was a secular event was not repeated later but a Calvinist Thanksgiving was held in 1623, which however, did not involve any customs of food sharing with the Native Americans.

Thanksgiving: The Official Holiday

All the states were celebrating Thanksgiving on different dates, however, it was Lincoln, the then President,who declared this day as a national holiday in 1863.
Sarah Josepha Hale, Mary Had a Little Lamb’s author was one of the phenomenal forces in this campaign of getting ‘Thanksgiving’ the status of a national holiday.

Pardoning a Turkey Tradition

Thanksgiving: The Official Holiday

George W. Bush, in the year 2007, had pardoned two turkeys, Flower and May. This tradition of granting a pardon to a turkey was commenced by Abraham Lincoln who, in 1947, pardoned his son’s turkey. Though only an informal practice, it has been persistent ever since.

 

Canadian, Hawaiian and Virgin Islands’ Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving Day

The first Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1578 when Martin Frobisher hosted a feast for his safe arrival in Newfoundland. Canadian Thanksgiving, ever since 1957, has been consistently celebrated on October’s second Monday after being celebrated on varied days.

It is also believed that the native Hawaiians had celebrated Makahiki - the longest thanksgiving across the whole world. It was celebrated from November till February for four months where during this time both war and work were strictly forbidden.

Virgin Islands celebrates two Thanksgiving one the national holiday and the other which is known as the Hurricane Thanksgiving Day which is celebrated on October 19 only if no hurricanes strike the territory. It is a symbol of thanks that the islanders give for being spared by the dreadful hurricanes in that year.

Thanksgiving: Traditional Celebrations

Thanksgiving Turkey Tradition

Several traditional Thanksgiving meals exist in US, the main being the Turkey because of which Thanksgiving Day is also known as the Turkey Day. Mashed potatoes, Sweet Corn, Stuffing, Sweet potatoes, Fall Vegetables, Cranberry sauce and Pumpkin Pie constitute other traditional food items. All of the foods mentioned were introduced as a source of food to the Europeans for the first time when they had arrived.

Thanksgiving today is an amalgamation of several traditions ranging from ancient harvest festivals to New England’s and England’s traditional harvest festivals to the New England’s Puritan Thanksgiving and also the changing ideological and political assumptions of Native Americans.

 


Thanksgiving Recipes


Thanksgiving Poems

Grace for a Child
Robert Herrick - 1591-1674
Here, a little child I stand,
Heaving up my either hand;
Clod as paddocks though they be,
Here I lift them up to thee,
For a benison to fall
On our meat, and on us all
Amen


What's The Use
Douglas Malloch
What's the use of always weepin',
Making trouble last?
What's the use of always keepin'
Thinkin' of the past?
Each must have his tribulation
Water with his wine;
Life, it ain't no celebration,
Trouble - I've had mine
But today is fine!


A Thanksgiving Poem
Paul Laurence Dunbar - 1872-1906
The sun hath shed its kindly light,
Our harvesting is gladly o'er
Our fields have felt no killing blight,
Our bins are filled with goodly store.

From pestilence, fire, flood, and sword
We have been spared by thy decree,
And now with humble hearts, O Lord,
We come to pay our thanks to thee.

We feel that had our merits been
The measure of thy gifts to us,
We erring children, born of sin,
Might not now be rejoicing thus.

No deed of our hath brought us grace;
When thou were nigh our sight was dull,
We hid in trembling from thy face,
But thou, O God, wert merciful.

Thy mighty hand o'er all the land
Hath still been open to bestow
Those blessings which our wants demand
From heaven, whence all blessings flow.

Thou hast, with ever watchful eye,
Looked down on us with holy care,
And from thy storehouse in the sky
Hast scattered plenty everywhere.

Then lift we up our songs of praise
To thee, O Father, good and kind;
To thee we consecrate our days;
Be thine the temple of each mind.

With incense sweet our thanks ascend;
Before thy works our powers pall;
Though we should strive years without end,
We could not thank thee for them all.


The Thanksgivings
Harriet Maxwell Converse - 1836-1903
We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs, the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit's music, and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies on this occasion.