Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, which is usually a joyous time filled with eating, indulging, and spending time with family and friends, among other activities. Thanksgiving is a holiday dedicated to giving gratitude, and although it may seem like such a natural celebration, the United States is just one of a few of nations that recognizes it as a national holiday in their own countries.
Because Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, as opposed to many other holidays, it is observed on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States of America. As a matter of fact, it is observed on the second Monday of October in Canada, which is, strangely enough, considerably closer to the time of year when crops were most likely being harvested. In addition to the differences in dates, the origins of the event have also been traced back to various periods of time.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States.
Giving gratitude for a bountiful harvest is not a new tradition, but the origins of the modern-day Thanksgiving holiday in the United States may be traced back to a ceremony in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. This feast of thanksgiving was prompted by a bountiful harvest, and the tradition was simply carried on from generation to generation. At first, the colony at Plymouth did not have enough food to serve everyone in attendance, but the Native Americans assisted them by supplying seeds and teaching them how to fish, and they were soon able to host a feast worthy of the name of the colony. After a while, the custom spread, and by the 1660s, much of New England was celebrating the harvest with a feast in appreciation of the bounty.
Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on November 23rd.
Martin Frobisher, an early Canadian explorer, is credited with establishing the first Thanksgiving celebration in the country. He survived the arduous journey from England through harsh weather conditions and rough terrain, and after his final voyage from Europe to present-day Nunavut, he held a formal ceremony to express his gratitude for his survival and good fortune. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1922. A feast was added to the festivities as time progressed and more settlers arrived, and the event rapidly became an annual event. Similarly, Samuel de Champlain is credited with the first official Thanksgiving celebration in appreciation of a good harvest; settlers who came with him in New France celebrated the harvest with a merry feast.
Thanksgiving in the Twenty-First Century
Thanksgiving is typically celebrated with the finest of Americana, as is customary today. Thanksgiving means roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole, among other things, as well as feasts and football games, as well as getting ready for the start of the Christmas shopping season. No matter how you choose to commemorate this historic day, take a time to express gratitude for your friends, family, and all the blessings you have been blessed with. Summerlin Dental Solutions wishes you a happy Thanksgiving!