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Thanksgiving Day
CANADA:  2nd Monday of October / USA: 4th Thursday of November


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Thanksgiving Day is a HARVEST festival / day.

Thanksgiving is ONLY celebrated by Canadians and Americans.

Canadians celebrate it on the 2nd Monday of October.

USA celebrates it on the 4th Thursday of November.

Since I am not a Canadian, I cannot speak for Canada.

This page deals with the U.S.A. history and traditions regarding Thanksgiving.

THERE are two ways of looking at Thanksgiving.

  The First Thanksgiving Modern-day Thanksgiving
Date: November 1621. On November 26, 1941;
Thanksgiving became a national holiday in the U.S.A.
Location: Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts Entire U.S.A.
Celebration: Celebrated with thanksgiving for surviving the first year in the New World (with the help of the natives).  And, of course celebrated for the bountiful first harvest in the "New World". Celebrates a prosperous past year (even it wasn't prosperous).  If it wasn't prosperous, you can celebrate that you still have family, for Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family feasting and giving thanks for one's blessings--whatever they are.
Foods eaten: Wild turkey!
Vegetables most likely included:
onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas, squash and corn.  Note:  The natives taught the pilgrims how to grow squash and corn!
Turkey
Candied Yams
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes with tukey gravy
Buttered Squash
Corn
Pumpkin pie and/or apple pie.
Sources: History Channel

Smithsonian

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HISTORICALLY Thanksgiving was instituted to commemorate the First HARVEST of the first pilgrims that came from England to escape religious persecution to the "new world".  They gave thanks to God for a bountiful harvest.

This is Plymouth Rock.

Plymouth Rock still exists.  It is where the Pilgrims landed in 1620.  Plymouth, Massachusetts is the second permanent settlement in the "New World" (America).  The first permanent settlement was Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.  It is interesting and important to note that the Pilgrims never would have survived without the help of the native inhabitants: The Wampanoag tribe.

 


ALSO:  See my webpage about Far Eastern Harvest Festivals .
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