Thanksgiving is one of the most popular American celebrations and we want to tell you all about it for this 2011. This year Thanksgiving falls on the 24th November.
Every year the celebration of Thanksgiving falls on a different day as it’s supposed to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. This was declared by one of the most well known American presidents, Lincoln, in 1863. Since then the celebration of “a day to give thanks” is one of the United States favourites.
The celebration of Thanksgiving is related to the harvest and is part of a serie of rituals that connect people with their environment. Maybe today we have lost the real meaning of this celebration (which was to aoid bad spirits and thank for a successful harvest), but we still thank for our food that day and celebrate with some of the most delicious recipes.
The history of Thanksgiving can be traced to some similar festivities in Greece, China and between the Romans. In the United States the story goes back to the pilgrims that were the first ones in the New World. They had been fighting against nature as the first years were bad for the harvest. But after 1621 the things started to look better and in a few years they had developed in a bigger community thanks to very successful harvests.
Time passed and mostly in the east of the States the Thanksgiving Day was a tradition even if it wasn’t declared official until the late XIX century.
Canada has a different day for this celebration, being always on the second Monday of October.
How do they celebrate?
We know, thank to some American movies, that Thanksgiving is always celebrated with a big turkey, in family, and sitting around a big table. The holiday is quite respected and families have the best excuse to get together.
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