Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on fourth Thursday in November. It is a time for communal Thanksgiving, feeling gratitude, lavish feasts and remember the pilgrims. The original pilgrims celebrated the autumn harvest with a feast of thanks. The feast popularly known as the 'First Thanksgiving Day Feast' was held as a gesture of thanks to almighty God . It was celebrated in the year 1621. After the United States gained independence, Congress recommended one yearly day of Thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. This year it falls on 22nd November, 2012.
It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and The New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.
Parades, fetes and fairs, eating at restaurants, shopping are an inherent part of the festive celebration. Football game is closely associated with Thanksgiving celebration in America. Foot ball matches are organised every year to mark the occasion. Thanksgiving weekend is also the official beginning of the Christmas season in America.h2> Celebrations Around the World:
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the US & Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and often extends to the weekend that falls closest to it. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is also celebrated in parts of Asia, Africa under different names. The theme behind all the celebrations is uniform- being grateful to Lord Almighty and your fellow men.
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