Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

The most famous and celebrated holiday in the United States is the Thanksgiving national holiday. This holiday also marks the start of the festive holiday time of the year. Following Thanksgiving are the weeks that lead up to Christmas, Hanukkah Kwanzaa, and the winter solstice. All these events are also the most commonly observed holidays in the United States. Furthermore, these holidays are a blessing for businessmen and shop owners as these holidays start their busiest season and bring in a lot of business for them. Furthermore, it’s a tradition to observe the holiday of Thanksgiving on every fourth Thursday of November annually.

If we look upon the history of Thanksgiving and how it all begins. We see that in the year 1621, the first Thanksgiving celebration was observed between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans. It was celebrated by these two groups to honor the successful autumn harvest by firing guns and cannons. Individual colonies and states observed Thanksgiving for almost two centuries or maybe more. Thanksgiving wasn’t made a national holiday until the year 1863. The country was in the middle of civil war, one of the most famous presidents of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. Even though Thanksgiving was established during the hardships and tough days of the American Civil War but the holiday was officially born during this conflict. But it is seen that the Thanksgiving holiday at the start was more linked to good terms between the first European immigrants and the Native Americans. President Abraham Lincoln declared the holiday of Thanksgiving is to be celebrated every fourth Thursday of November.

According to times gone by, the 2nd Thanksgiving was celebrated in the year 1623. It was done in celebration as the country was finally free from the long drought it was facing and the then Governor Bradford called out for a religious fast. Later it was seen that fasting and celebrating thanksgiving become an annual tradition in the different parts of the regions.

The ideology behind Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family. This time is usually observed with a juicy feast in which Turkey is xthe traditional main course. Along with the main course, yams squash pumpkin pie cranberries, and other rich and filling foods rounding out the meal. People are so excited about this holiday that they spent days shopping around and preparing the feast for the Thanksgiving holiday

If we look at the Thanksgiving traditions, it can be seen that the majority of the households have lost the true essence behind this national holiday. Instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, which has become a primary part of the celebration of Thanksgiving is almost enjoyed by 90% of Americans. It is cooked in a variety of ways, whether it is roasted, fried, or baked. But in 1621 when the pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving feast this dish may not have been on offer.

The thanksgiving feast today that people enjoy in their homes is all linked back to the feast that the pilgrims from Europe shared with the Native Americans on the first Thanksgiving. According to history, the feast observed between the Europeans and the Native Americans was quite a meal as it included a variety of dishes ranging from Turkey to a plethora of many other dishes that were shared amongst them. Over the years, it has now become a tradition to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast while watching the football game. It’s a tradition embedded in society and people follow it quite to an extent that they even prepare the feast while watching the game. Different families have their own way of enjoying the Thanksgiving feast, sports fans enjoy it while having the football game on, and those who fancy nature spend their time outside cherishing the crisp autumn air. It’s not fair to say that Thanksgiving is an entirely American holiday. There are alike celebrations in Canada for instance. The idea behind the national holiday is showing thankfulness by having a feast spans many cultures.

Also if we take a look at the celebrations of thanksgiving, it can be noted that carrying out Parades has also become an important part of it. Moreover, another unique fact about thanksgiving is that since the start of the mid-20th century, the United States president officially pardons two or three Turkeys for Thanksgiving and are exempted from being slaughtered. In return, they are transferred to farms in the country and given retirement.

Different cities and towns carry out parades to celebrate Thanksgiving. If we look at the largest and most famous thanksgiving parade, then no doubt it is New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade presented by the Macy department store since 1924. This parade is so famous that it attracts some two to three million audiences along its two-and-a-half-mile route. It’s such a major attraction that it further also draws an enormous television audience. It usually features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities, and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

The year 2020 is cursed by coronavirus and many major events have been canceled across the country. The health of the people comes first and therefore the government has advised its citizens to follow the SOP’s given to them strictly in order to keep themselves safe. Furthermore, different parades have not been approved to be carried out during this pandemic and advise their citizens to stay home and be safe. Instead, the government has planned something different out to entertain its citizens and will be hosting virtual events where people can stream in with their electronic advice. We hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday and don’t forget to stream in to watch your favorite parade.

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