Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as the national holiday in countries like Canada and the United States. The day was initially celebrated as a day of expressing our gratitude for the blessings of the harvest of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is usually celebrated on the second Monday of the October month in Canada and in the United States on every fourth Thursday of November. There are many places in the world which observe the similar celebrations. Thanksgiving Day has the historical roots in the cultural traditions and religious norms, as it is celebrated in a secular manner as well.
On this day there are Prayers of thanksgiving and there would be a special thanksgiving ceremony which is common among all the religions after the time of harvests. In North America, The Thanksgiving day’s history is rooted in the English traditions dating back from the Protestant Reformation. It has all the aspects of a harvest festival, even if the harvest occurs well before the late-November date, the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated with great zeal.
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In the English tradition, the days of thanksgiving and other religious services becomes an important festival during the reign of Sir Henry VIII and in the reaction to a large number of religious holidays mentioned on the Catholic calendar. Before the year 1536, there were in total 95 Church holidays in addition to 52 Sundays. And when the masses were required to attend the church services and completely forgot work or do pay for the expensive celebrations. Later the 1536 reforms resulted in reducing the number of Church holidays till 27, but the Puritans really wished to eliminate all the Church holidays, including the Christmas or Easter. And all the holidays were to be replaced by the holiday called Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving.
It is unexpected that all the simple threats of judgment are highly called for the Days of Fasting. All the blessings are considered as the coming of the God which is called as the Days of Thanksgiving. All the Days of Fasting were called on the account of a drastic drought in the year 1611, then floods in 1613, and lastly the plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were followed by the victory over Spanish Armada in 1588; which is also followed by the deliverance of Queen Anne in the year 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in the year 1606 which is later followed by the failure of Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
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Americans gather together for a day of feasting, and football. Thanksgiving celebrations are almost unrecognizable to the visitors of the original during the 1621 harvest meal. This day is continued to be the day for the Americans which comes together around the table i.e. albeit with some updates to the pilgrim’s menu.
In the month of November 1621, the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was proved successful, and the Governor William Bradford has organized a celebratory feast for the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, which includes the Wampanoag the chief Massasoit. Now this day is remembered as the American’s “first Thanksgiving and the festival lasted up to three days. Historians have recommended for celebrating this day with many dishes that were prepared by using the traditional Native American spices or good cooking methods. Because of the Pilgrims that had no oven or Mayflower’s sugar supply had reduced by the fall of 1621, and the meal never features pies, other desserts or cakes which have been used in the contemporary celebrations.
There are some quotes that show your gratitude on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day!
- Be thankful for all that you have; you’ll end up with having more. And if you concentrate what you don’t have, you will never ever be able to have enough.
- Thanksgiving Day is a day to gather our energies to giving thanks and just giving.
- Gratitude is an inward feeling of kindness that is received. Thankfulness presents the natural impulse to express your feeling. Thanksgiving is followed by that impulse.
- If you are feeling thankful, what do you actually do? You share right…It is the very common knowledge that the average Americans do gain 7 pounds between the Thanksgiving and the New Year’s Day.
- Thanksgiving dinners would take eighteen hours to be prepared. And the whole meal is consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take those twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.
- Drink and try to be thankful to the host! What it seems to be insignificant when you have it, as is very important when you need it.
- Some memories are really unforgettable, remaining are vivid and heartwarming!
- I’m really thankful for the every moment.
The original religious significance is lost where the in today times, it simply centers on cooking or sharing a bountiful meal with your loved ones. Turkey is the latest Thanksgiving staple which is as ubiquitous as it is synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. There is around 90 percent of the Americans who eat bird as roasted/baked or as deep-fried on the Thanksgiving Day. The Other traditional foods include the mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a very common for the Thanksgiving Day activity that often holds food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate masses.