Thanksgiving Day is a joyous family festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, commemorating the feast and harvest. On this day people express gratitude to God for his blessings and give thanks to dear ones for their love & support; more commonly it is celebrated to thank God for the bounty of autumn harvest. Many people will also get together have a special dinner. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables.
Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with the customary ‘feast’ shared among friends and family. It is an important family gathering, and people often travel far distances to be with family members for the celebration. The traditional Turkey is the most important dish cooked in every house as part of the feast. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and corn dishes also form a part of the family dinner. American football and parade is a yearly feature to mark the celebration of thanksgiving.
Besides, try and remember everyone who did something good to you – those who were present with you when you badly wanted their support, or those who brought smile on your face when you were in a pensive mood… Think a little and there will be so many people whom you owe a big thanks. Gift them a tight-warm hug, a beautiful flower, a pretty Thank You card or a beautiful Thanksgiving Day Gift to express your sincerest love and admiration for them. Remember the size of the gift does not matter it is the feeling behind the gift that really counts.
Thanksgiving Day in US
Thanksgiving Day finds its roots in America. It is celebrated with lot of fervor and euphoria on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. For the people in US Thanksgiving is a time for merrymaking, shopping, family reunion, feasts and family dinners. Friday right after thanksgiving is popularly known as ‘Black Friday’. It is the official beginning of Christmas season and is marked with the highest retail volume sales in USA. The day got its name from the standard accounting practice of marking profits in black ink in the US.
Thanksgiving Day in Canada
Thanksgiving Day in Canada is, however, celebrated on the second Monday in the month of October every year. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving Day a month earlier because autumn season starts early in Canada than in America.
In a nutshell, Thanksgiving is all about loving, caring, sharing and communal harmony. It is all about being grateful to not only God but also your fellowmen. It is also about reaping the benefits of the year long hard work and struggle.