History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving day is considered as a national holiday celebrated in United States and canada as honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.
During Thanksgiving, people played ball games, sang, and danced. Much of what most modern Americans eat on Thanksgiving was not available in 1621. Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought.
It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October. The first Canadian Thanksgiving was observed on April 15, 1872, to celebrate the recovery of the prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness.
in the United States is a national holiday celebrated on the 28th November(Thursday) of 2013. It precedes Black Friday.
is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal and to exchange thanks for what they have.
Thanksgiving Day 2013
parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving 2013. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas 2013 shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is a popular time for trips and to visit family and friends and is one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA on Thanksgiving 2013.
Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on
. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after
Thanksgiving Day 2013
. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.
Thanksgiving 2013 Wishes
is a chance for many families to spend time together after being apart for much of the year. It is a good time to reflect on the love that we have for one another, as well as sharing our thoughts about what we feel grateful for on this
Thanksgiving was founded as a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose. The tradition of Thanksgiving is essentially an occasion to say "Thank You". Thanksgiving comes once in a year but it brings about the feeling of gratitude and reminds us how special life is. Helping less fortunate, preparing meals at a homeless shelter and donating extra cans and goods make a good
Whatever is beautiful, Whatever is meaningful, Whatever brings you happiness... May it be yours this
and throughout the coming year!