Hi there! Hope you are having a good time and Thank you for so much coming here. Today I’m going to discuss you all about the traditional Thanksgiving Day in the USA.
In the United States, every year it’s celebrated on 4th Thursday in November, or you can also consider it as the last Thursday in November. This year being 2017, it’s November 23rd. So if you live in the USA, on November 23th, it is Thanksgiving Day.
Introduction: Thanksgiving Day in USA 2017
Do you know the exact meaning of Thanksgiving? And why we Celebrate it? In simple words, it a way of saying thank you as well as showing an expression of gratitude.
In old times, people used to organize an event to give their blessing to God for providing food and appreciate each other for the good harvest.
At present, It is all about Thanksgiving Dinner with your family and friends. On this Special day people spend a lot of time on cooking. At night, we all gather at the table for dinner and pray(a way of saying thanks) to God for our health, our wealth, our family and friends. After praying, we all together enjoy the dinner.
The Reason behind Thanksgiving Day USA
Let dive into the ocean of american history. It all started way back in the 1600 century when the Pilgrims(migrants from Europe) came to America. When the Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower(name of the ship) times were tough. Yes, in fact, Most of the pilgrims were not able to survive the first winter in the foreign land as they died of starvation.
A ray of hope came along with a native American fellow named Squanto as he helped pilgrims with goods he brought. He taught them how to plant cornfield, wigwams, and everything they didn’t know about surviving in the new land. After a long struggle, Luckily, they were able to grow harvest in the soil, so the pilgrims decided to celebrate it. Pilgrim proclaimed a special day to thank God for giving them food and It’s time to eat that and further they enjoyed hunting wild turkey that was to be shared by Pilgrims and Native Americans.
Later in 1863 Abraham Lincoln, the president of America around this time declared it as a holiday.
Thanksgiving is an excellent example of remembering that life is packed with the unknown and has periods of Ups and Downs. We always need to give our best shot and don’t ever lose hope in chasing our dreams. God will still be there for us to help with a plan for supplies often in ways and from people in most unexpected places.
Thanksgiving Dinner in United States
You might be thinking about- what do we have for Thanksgiving dinner? Traditionally, for Thanksgiving, we are going to eat a roasted Turkey with seasonal vegetables and gravy. Apart roasted Turkey dish, we eat the harvest that is grown mainly in one or two months before November.
Now days the Main Course for Thanksgiving Dinner Menu includes:
- Roasted Turkey.
- Cheese Grits and Corn Pudding.
- Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline.
- Marvin Woods’s Brussels Sprouts, Red Pepper, and Avocado Salad.
- Potato and Celery Root Gratin.
- Green Beans with Bacon.
- Cracked Pepper Dinner Rolls.
- Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Parade is a yearly show presented by the U.S.-based Departmental store chain Macy’s. In the 1920s, most of Macy’s department store workers were first-generation settlers. Happy of their new American culture, they wanted to celebrate this American holiday with the type of festival their fathers-mothers had enjoyed in Europe.
The tradition started in 1924, joining it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. With an attendance of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s announced it would become an annual event.
Thanks so you much for reading my blog. Wish you a great Thanksgiving Day!