Thanksgiving Day 2021: Significance, History, Quotes

Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day is popularly celebrated in America, apart from this several countries also celebrate it

Thanksgiving Day every year is celebrated on the fourth week’s Thursday. This year it will fall on Thursday 25 November.

On the fourth Thursday in 1863 Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of America announced national Thanksgiving Day. This is one of the most important annual holidays in the US.

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When Is Thanksgiving Day 2021 In the USA

  • This year Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on 25th November.
  • Like every year this year on the fourth Thursday of November.

Significance Of Thanksgiving Day 2021

  • In 1619 in Virginia and 1621 the first Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in America.
  • To give honor to the first Thanksgiving Day every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
  • The Plymouth, Massachusetts, shared a meal with the Wampanoag Indians on this day.
  • Thanksgiving is an old tradition followed by Americans since 1621.
  • Thanksgiving was performed by the pilgrims for their initial bumper harvest in Plymouth Rock.
  • Some US presidents, including George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison, have declared Thanksgiving Day throughout their tenure.
  • President Abraham Lincoln declared each November to be a National Thanksgiving Day by the country.

History Of Thanksgiving Day

  • The dots of Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1620. A ship called the Mayflower carrying 102 pilgrims left its dock in England.
  • The pilgrims were seeking a new home where they can freely practice their faith.
  • The new world of that time, America, they were attracted to it. With promises of prosperity and the opportunity to own their land.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621 was done in Plymouth, today named Massachusetts. The Wampanoag Native Americans and those colonists shared an autumn harvest feast that they had labored together in 1621.
  • Squanto a Native American helped the pilgrims in the first year. He plays a crucial part in their survival during the first year.
  • Squanto tells them how to grow corn, how they can avoid poisonous plants, and how to extract sap from maple trees. Also, he helped them to form an alliance with the Wampanoag.

Native Americans and protesters have also marked the holiday as a “National Day of Mourning” since the 1970s, remembering those who died at the hands of foreign settlers when the Americas were colonized.

How Thanksgiving Day Is Celebrated?

  • Americans on Thanksgiving gather and shares messages, play games, and have meals with people, etc to express their thanks.
  • Also, a meal like roasted or deep-fried Turkey and other traditional dishes like mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce is especially eaten by people on this day.
  • People give thank you notes to those who are indebted to them.
  • In New York city a parade is performed on the day of Thanksgiving. The parade is held in the departmental store and more than two million people watch the parade and plus a large television audience.
  • People read paper loudly on this day to show thankfulness to others.
  • Another tradition is performed on Thanksgiving where the president is seen “forgiving” a live Turkey on this day every year. The turkey is sent to the farm for living the rest of his life instead of slaughtering.

Why is Thanksgiving Is Celebrated On The Fourth Thursday Of November?

  • The 16th President of America Abraham Lincon started the Thanksgiving festival on the fourth Thursday of November.
  • Abraham Lincon said the national holiday is meant to be a call to God to “appreciate the tender care of all those who have become widows, orphans, bereaved or bereaved in civil strife” and “heal the wounds of the nation.”
  • He also asked people to express their gratitude and give thanks to the Union Army for winning the Civil War battle at Gettysburg.
  • Also, by former President George Washington, Thanksgiving was also considered a National Day of Gratitude. He called on people to be grateful for having won the Revolutionary War.

Countries Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

  • Apart from America who celebrates Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. There are many countries that celebrate the identical thing.
  • Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the 2nd Monday in October.
  • Liberia also celebrated Thanksgiving on the first Thursday of November.
  • China according to the lunar calendar celebrates Thanksgiving on the 15th day of the 8th month.
  • Germany celebrates the same Thanksgiving known as Erntedankfes on the first Sunday in October.
  • Grenada celebrated Thanksgiving on 25th October every year.
  • Japan on 23 November celebrates the same Thanksgiving and Labour Day.
  • Like Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Norfolk Island celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Wednesday of November.
  • South Korea celebrates the same Thanksgiving in mid to late September.

Thanksgiving Day Quotes

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” — Germany Kent

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

“When I force myself to utter the awkward phrase, ‘I am grateful,’ I actually start to feel a bit more grateful…It’s basic cognitive-behavioral therapy: Behave in a certain way, and your mind will eventually catch up with your actions.” — A.J. Jacobs

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and to think about all the special people who have touched our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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