Thanksgiving – November 25, 2021
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday observed in the United States and Canada to commemorate the harvest and other blessings obtained in the previous year. Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November, but Thanksgiving in Canada is approximately celebrated a month and a half earlier (second Monday of October). Thanksgiving is associated with despite the fact that it is now mostly commemorated as a secular celebration. Thanksgiving is a tradition that stretches back to the early seventeenth century, although the date and degree of popularity have varied through time across the United States’ 50+ states and territories. On November 26, 1789, George Washington declared the first-ever national Thanksgiving holiday. The present date, the fourth Thursday in November, was established by federal legislation in 1941.
Observing the Feast of Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to give thanks and reflect on your blessings. It’s sometimes the only opportunity for families to come together, interact, and enjoy each other’s company during the year. It is preferred by some individuals over Christmas since it focuses less on gift-giving and materialistic ideals. Thanksgiving is a long holiday for most people, in addition to being the start of a four-day weekend.
The Holiday’s Date:
The formal start of the Thanksgiving holiday season was announced by President Abraham Lincoln on November 4th, 1863. Thanksgiving was held on the final Thursday of November until 1939. President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November, rather than the fifth, to avoid a clash with the Christian calendar. Thanksgiving was moved to a later date in order to extend the holiday shopping season and aid the country’s recovery from the Great Depression. Thanksgiving was also on the third (next-to-last) Thursday in 1949 and it was moved to the fourth Thursday of November in 1941 that we celebrate today.
Thanksgiving Day History:
Thanksgiving festivities were held by Spanish explorers and settlers in what is now Florida and New Mexico in the late 16th century, according to the evidence. Thanksgiving was originally observed in what would later become the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1607, and the first permanent settlement of Jamestown had one in 1610.
The First Thanksgiving:
The Pilgrims, or Plymouth settlers, did not arrive in the New World until a decade later. After their first harvest in 1621, they celebrated in Plymouth for three days. The meeting featured 50 Mayflower passengers and 90 Native Americans. The four adult Pilgrim women who survived their first winter in the New World, along with their young daughters and various servants, cooked the feast.
Throughout the war, the Continental Congress set away one or further thanksgiving days each time, proposing that these days be observed by the different state leaders. In December 1777, George Washington, the revolutionary colors’ leader, declared a Thanksgiving vacation to commemorate the British loss at Saratoga. Several” public days of prayer, modesty, and gratefulness” were declared by the Continental-Confederation Congress, the legislative body that controlled the United States from 1774 to 1789. Moment’s Thanksgiving and National Day of Prayer are exemplifications of this.
The Era of the Civil War:
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared November 26 as National Thanksgiving Day, to be observed on the last Thursday of the month.
The proclamation was written by Secretary of State William H. Seward and read as follows:
“Peace has been maintained with all nations, the order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict, in the midst of a civil war of unprecedented magnitude and severity, which has at times appeared to foreign States to invite and provoke their aggression.”
“I, therefore, ask my fellow citizens throughout the United States, as well as those at sea and in distant places, to set aside and celebrate the last Thursday in November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our benevolent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
Future presidents followed Lincoln’s lead and declared Thanksgiving Day every year on the fourth Thursday in November. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on the other hand, proclaimed November’s fourth Thursday, rather than the fifth, as Thanksgiving Day in 1939. FDR reasoned that a later Thanksgiving would allow merchants more time to market their wares before Christmas and contribute to the country’s recovery from the Great Depression. Since 1942, a statute declaring the fourth Thursday of each month a government holiday has been in effect.
Thanksgiving Facts & Figures You May Not Know:
- The first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the first Thanksgiving in the United States. In 1578, in what is now Newfoundland, Canada, the first North American Thanksgiving was celebrated. The first American Thanksgiving was held in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, after 43 years.
- Sarah Joseph Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” contributed to Thanksgiving being a national holiday. After 17 years of writing to President Abraham Lincoln, she persuaded him to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day) and Independence Day were the only American national holidays prior to Thanksgiving.
- Swanson had 260 tonnes of turkey remaining after Thanksgiving in 1953 and had no clue what to do with it, so he came up with the notion of a TV meal. According to an employee who was asked about the method, they should freeze it in trays with sides.
- There’s a business named “Thanksgiving” in Paris that sells Skippy peanut butter, Jello instant pudding, and Pop-Tarts for homesick Americans.
- The Friday after Thanksgiving, called “Brown Friday,” is the busiest day of the year for plumbers and septic companies.
- NASA’s spacecraft designers created paths for Voyager using 10,000 potential launch windows, narrowing it down to approximately 100 that fulfilled the mission’s objectives while also avoiding any close contact with other planets around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Tony Rohr was dismissed from Pizza Hut in 2013 after refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day in Elkhart, Indiana so that his staff could spend the day with their family. He was offered the chance to return to his old job.
A few delectable meals come to mind when we think about Thanksgiving fare. Macaroni, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and, most importantly, a magnificently cooked, juicy, and enormous turkey! Despite the fact that these are the typical dishes served at a Thanksgiving meal, there is plenty of opportunity for creativity. Some people substitute ham, beef, or even fish for turkey. Others may add a culturally appropriate side dish. We sometimes wonder why supper is served so early on this day compared to the rest of the year, yet it appears to be just practical. An earlier meal hour accommodates guests who are arriving from afar and gives your stomach more time to digest.
The iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been held in New York since 1924. It is tied with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit for the title of second-oldest Thanksgiving parade. Since 1952, the three-hour parade in Manhattan has been aired nationwide by NBC. It had previously been covered by a radio programme. The parade takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and it is how many families begin their Thanksgiving celebrations. School bands, floats with huge balloons of popular children’s figures, star musicians, actresses, and socialites all march in the parade. Broadway stars also participate by singing a hit song from their current production.
Wishbones As part of their annual custom, some families break the turkey’s wishbone. This occurs after the dinner is finished and the turkey meat has been removed off the bone. The wishbone, which is linked to the turkey’s breast flesh in the chest, is placed aside to dry. When the bone becomes brittle, two individuals grab either side of it, make a wish, and pull. Whoever is the first to break off the lengthier side gets their wish!