Thanksgiving is one of the more important occasions of the year in many parts of the world. India, China, Canada, Croatia, and America are just some of the countries that prepare a feast of merriment during the last quarter of the year. Considerably, the biggest Thanksgiving celebration happens in the United States. It officially opens the Christmas season for America with a joyful holiday filled with great food, great gifts, and great company.
What Thanksgiving is all about?
Thanksgiving Day is mostly celebrated in many Christian nations. It symbolizes an acknowledgement of God’s grace. It is the harvest festival for some, celebrating the blessing of a bountiful produce the whole year through.
In the United States of America, Thanksgiving is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November since 1621. In 1789, President George Washington declared Thanksgiving as an American occasion. It was President Abraham Lincoln, however, who declared that the last Thursday of November is a national holiday in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Generally, Thanksgiving is reflected through spectacular parades, happy family reunions, an exciting exchange of gifts, and of course, a sumptuous feast.
In different states, there are parades held to celebrate the annual crop. There’s the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, the IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, and the UBS Spectacular Parade in Chicago. The biggest Thanksgiving parade, however, is in New York City. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual event that is much awaited and much anticipated.
Family reunions are quite common during Thanksgiving. Since it has been proclaimed as a national holiday, people are usually on break to celebrate and have time for some merriment with family members and friends who are usually busy for the most parts of the year.
Gift-giving is also a popular tradition celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Jewelries, flowers, chocolates, wines are used to show people’s gratitude towards one another. With gifts flooding every home’s way, little children can’t help to get excited and enjoy the day.
Among all the activities during Thanksgiving, the Thursday dinner is definitely the best. This is a time when homemakers usually dish out their best recipes. An ordinary Thanksgiving feast composed of roast turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry sauce, and sweet corn.
The Day After Thanksgiving Day
The Friday after Thanksgiving dinner is known as the Black Friday People who are in school and in office usually have this as a day off. Thus, it is spent on a shopping spree. Retailers seize this opportunity to sell their goods to people who are looking for the perfect Christmas presents.