What is Thanksgiving?
In the United States, it falls on the fourth Thursday of November, while in Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October. The holiday has historical roots and is often associated with giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year.
In the United States, the origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to a 1621 feast shared by Pilgrims (English settlers) and Wampanoag Native Americans in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims had arrived in the New World on the Mayflower in 1620 and faced a difficult first winter. The Native Americans helped the Pilgrims adapt to their new environment, and the shared feast is often considered a symbol of cooperation and gratitude.
Thanksgiving has since evolved into a national holiday centred around a family gathering and a festive meal. Traditional Thanksgiving meals typically include a roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. It’s a time for families and friends to come together, express gratitude, and enjoy a special meal.
In addition to the historical and cultural aspects, many people use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to reflect on the things they are thankful for and to spend time with loved ones.