Thanksgiving 2022: Marked as a national holiday on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States of America, Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the going year. It is believed that Thanksgiving is modelled on a harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people in the year 1621. This holiday has many rituals and legends attached to its name. Moreover, a traditional Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, potatoes, bread stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. It is one of the busiest holidays as people get together and celebrate this day with a hearty meal. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
The Thanksgiving Day officially marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is also celebrated in Germany, Brazil, Japan, Canada and other countries as well. In Canada, however, it falls on the second Monday of October.
Thanksgiving History and Significance
The Thanksgiving Day is celebrated to say thanks and recognise the sacrifices and blessings of the previous year. The yearly celebrations honour the first Thanksgiving feast shared between the colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts which was later known as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.
On October 3, 1863, then President Abraham Lincoln had proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving.
This holiday was annually proclaimed by every President thereafter. However, after a joint resolution of Congress in 1941, America’s 32nd President Franklin D Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1942 designating the fourth Thursday in November (which is not always the last Thursday) as the Thanksgiving Day.
Later, with more urbanisation, the Thanksgiving Day became a day for people to get together with their family and friends to celebrate it with a scrumptious feast. People also decorate their homes to get right into the festive spirit. The holiday moved away from its religious roots to allow immigrants of every background to be a part of it in a common tradition.
Turkey is central to the Thanksgiving festivities in the USA. The bird is included in the conventional feast. Moreover, every President of the US follows a ritual every Thanksgiving. The President pardons the Thanksgiving turkey on the morning of the celebration.
Moreover, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City of America with other celebrations. It is the world’s largest Thanksgiving parade which consists of giant cartoon balloons that float above the sky accompanied by various dancers and marching bands.