What is Thanksgiving in the USA?

What is Thanksgiving in the USA?

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday observed each year in the United States and Canada to commemorate the harvest and other benefits of the previous year. Americans usually think that Thanksgiving is based on a harvest feast shared by English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people around 1621. But according to some historians, this tradition was not established until many years after these events occurred.

The first official National Thanksgiving Day was held on November 26, 1789, one week after the United States Congress passed a resolution asking the states to set aside a day for "public thanksgiving and prayer" because of the success of the new nation's war efforts. The original resolution only mentioned God, but over time it was understood that this should include all of our blessings, which can only be done when looking at our past misdeeds too.

Today, the United States observes its annual Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday of October. However, since the establishment of Memorial Day in 1869, the last Monday of May has been designated as American Independence Day, making Thursday the actual holiday in the United States.

Thanksgiving has become a popular topic among philosophers, economists, and political scientists because of its significance as an American cultural institution. Each year, newspapers, magazines, and websites publish articles about why or how America's traditions should be kept alive and what they mean to us as a country.

What country calls Thanksgiving Day "Turning Day"?

Thanksgiving is a national holiday observed in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia on various dates. It started as a day of thanksgiving and sacrifice for the blessings of the harvest and the previous year. Festival holidays with similar names may be found in Germany and Japan.

In England, France, and Australia, November 25 is called Armistice Day because it marks the end of World War I. In America, however, November 11 is known as Veterans' Day because it honors all those who have served in the U.S. military.

The term "turning day" refers to an annual event that occurs on the same date in the solar calendar: the day when fields are turned over from one crop to another. This date varies due to differences in the length of the winter season between regions where farming is important enough to have developed its own specific terms. For example, in areas where it snows, farmers will turn their fields over earlier so they can begin planting before the first frost.

In Europe, countries like Sweden and Finland have long celebrated "spring turning" by celebrating early spring with festivals and rituals that mark the beginning of growth after a cold, snowy winter. These events include celebrations related to agriculture, forestry, and fishing. In the United States, Mexico, and Central America, people celebrate "Crop Over" around the time of spring turning.

What is the significance of the first Thanksgiving?

As part of their faith, the English colonists, known as Pilgrims, observed days of thanksgiving. But these were prayer days, not feast days. Our national holiday owes its origins to a feast celebrated in the fall of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to commemorate the colony's first bountiful harvest. The governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, wrote in his journal that "this was the first time that they had ever seen or heard of any such thing as wheat growing up into corn, and yet it proved to be a most plentiful harvest."

The celebration was so successful that it prompted the governor to declare a day of prayer and fasting. This became a pattern throughout the colonies; upon receiving news of a new world crop failure, the leaders of each colony would issue a proclamation calling for a day of prayer and fasting.

In America, holidays are created to give us time to reflect on our blessings and to be thankful for them. Each year we get up and say thank you for another chance to live life to the fullest. That's why every American should know about the first Thanksgiving.

Also worth mentioning is that the United States Congress officially declared October 26th as a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789.

Here's how President Abraham Lincoln described the original Thanksgiving in a letter to a friend: "It gave employment to our mechanics and others who could use an axe. It encouraged agriculture.

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