So, here comes the “Turkey Day”!! Turkey dinner, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberries, family and friends’ gatherings and loads of fun activities – these are all associated with most Americans and Canadians during the yearly celebrations of giving thanks on the Thanksgiving Day!!!
In the United States Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November and in Canada it’s the second Monday of every October. Amazing!!! Isn’t it?? One festival but celebrated on two different dates!!!
Okay, anyways, did you know why do they celebrate the Thanksgiving Day?? Well, though, there are an enormous amount of stories behind the origin of the Thanksgiving Day, the localities here in United Sates say that today is the day when they thank God for the blessing of harvest and of the preceding year.
So, what do they do on this day?? Here are some of the common traditions followed on Thanksgiving Day,
It’s Family Time
Thanksgiving Day is meant for family and friends’ gatherings. People travel from places to meet and spend happy hours with their loved ones on this day. Lovely!! Isn’t it??
It’s The Feast Day
Unlike any other traditional festival, traditional foods are the main idea of Thanksgiving celebrations. Traditional food includes stuffed, baked or grilled turkey, corn bread, mashed potatoes, salads, pie and many more.
It’s Fun Time After Meal
Who doesn’t love family and friends’ gatherings!! Of course, it turns into a big time party!!! Fun and party activities with the loved ones makes the Thanksgiving Day more interesting and memorable.
The Turkey Pardon
The president traditionally pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, allowing them to live out rest of their lives in a farm. WOW!! What is tradition!!! Actually, there’s the myth of how the presidential pardon of a turkey started with Abraham Lincoln when his son begged his dad to save the animal. Some others say, it’s 1989, when President George H.W. Bush officially pardoned the first one.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The first New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924. Believe it or not, the parade has more than 50 million TV viewers worldwide!!!
Uff… guess that’s enough of information I have given… Now just go, enjoy and indulge in the merrymaking.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!