Thanksgiving Day is celebrated with a lot of fervor and merry-making in America. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month of November every year, it is a time for communal thanksgiving, feeling gratitude, lavish feasts. It is a time to remember the pilgrims. The original pilgrims celebrated the autumn harvest with a feast of thanks. The feast popularly known as the ‘First Thanksgiving Day Feast’ was held as a gesture of thanks to Almighty God. After the United States gained independence, Congress recommended one yearly day of thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate.
Thanksgiving is about spending time with family members and friends and being thankful for the people and things in their life. It is typically having a big meal with a turkey as the centerpiece. Watching the Thanksgiving Day parade, football, volunteering, and playing games are also ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Wanna know what to do and how to celebrate Thanksgiving Day 2017 with your friends or family?
What to do and How to celebrate Thanksgiving Day 2017?
Traditional foods are a large part of Thanksgiving celebrations. Many families include the entire family in the food preparation. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Many people serve pie for dessert at the end of the meal. Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple.
Thanksgiving is a time for gifting your family and friends. The day is a time to show your gratitude and respect to your elders, friends, your siblings and also your colleagues. Popular gifts include thanksgiving flowers, jewelry, baked cookie hampers, chocolate gift baskets, candy-wreaths, wine etc.
Many big cities hold a Thanksgiving Day parade, the most famous of which is the Macy’s parade in New York. The three-hour event features floats, costumes and huge helium balloons in the shape of cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat. Playing and watching American football is a long Thanksgiving tradition. NFL and college have played over the Thanksgiving weekend practically since the game’s invention, and it’s one of the biggest days in the football calendar.
Many generous folks use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to help the less fortunate. Some people volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day and others donate to shelters or participate in canned food drives.
Until recently, people believed Thanksgiving Day to be a celebration of pilgrims, offering food to Indians. It, however, is a day marked as a gesture of thanks and gratitude to Lord Almighty for his blessings. It is also a celebration to mark the respect towards Indians for teaching the pilgrims how to cook. Pilgrims could not have survived without the help of the native Indians.