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Festivals - Thanksgiving Day 27th Nov 2008

Thanksgiving Day History


Thanksgiving Day, official public holiday in the , initially celebrated in early regal times in New England . The real source, though, is perhaps the harvest festivals that are customary in a lot of parts of the world Festivals and Feasts. After the first harvest was finished by the Plymouth colonists in 1621, Governor William Bradford announced a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists and nearby Native Americans. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock held their Thanksgiving in 1621 as a three day "thank you" festivity to the leaders of the Wampanoag Indian tribe and their families for coaching them the survival talent they desired to make it in the New World . It was their good luck that the custom of the Wampanoag’s was to treat any guest to their homes with a share of whatsoever foodstuff the folks had, even if provisions were short. It was also an remarkable stroke of luck that one of the Wampanoag, Tisquantum or Squanto, had turn out to be close friends with a British explorer, John Weymouth, and had learned the Pilgrim's words in his travels to with Weymouth .



After the first New England Thanksgiving the tradition extended all the way through the colonies, but every province decided its individual date. In 1789 George Washington, the first president of the , announced November 26 a day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day continued to be celebrated in the on diverse days in different states until Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey's Lady's Book, resoluted to do somewhat about it. For more than 30 years she wrote mails to the senate and presidents requesting them to make Thanksgiving Day a nationwide holiday.

Finally, in 1863, President Lincoln issued a White House public statement calling on the "whole American people" wherever they lived to fuse "with one heart and one voice" in observing a particular day of thanksgiving. Setting apart the last Thursday of November for the reason, the President advocated for the prayers in the churches and in the homes to "beseech the interposition of the almighty had to heal the wounds of the nations and to restore it...to full pleasure of calm, concord, serenity and unification." He also states that they articulate sincere thanks for the "blessing of fruitful fields and healthful skies."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt advanced Thanksgiving Day one week in 1939. Nevertheless, as some states used the new date and others the old, it was changed again 2 years afterward. Thanksgiving Day is at the present celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. The foremost official celebration of Thanksgiving in North America was held by an English voyager, Martin Frobisher, who tried to found an English settlement on Baffin Island , after failing to discover a northern way to the Orient in 1576. recognized the second Monday in October as a countrywide holiday, "a day of general thanksgiving," in 1957.

New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as a yearly tradition, in 1817. By the middle of the 19th century a lot of other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln selected a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day declaration, regularly assigning the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.

Celebration of Thanksgiving Day








The American customs of Thanksgiving orbit around a enormous and abundant meal, more often than not with as the attraction. For those who do not like , a Roast or Prime Rib is universal. As custom has it in the majority of the families, a particular prayer of thanks head the meal. In many homes, family members will each talk about something they are very grateful for. Thanksgiving is a occasion for folks to generate customs and reminiscences that last a life span.

In New York City, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade frequently mistakenly referred to as the "Macy's Day Parade" is held yearly every Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. The procession features parade floats with detailed themes, scene from Broadway drama, huge balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching group. The glide that conventionally ends the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the Santa Claus glide. This glide is a sign that the Christmas season has commenced







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