The Importance of Thanksgiving Day
1 month ago A Srinidhi 0
“There is always something for which we have to be thankful.” Thanksgiving means expressions of gratitude to everyone. Thanksgiving day is the day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. This day is celebrated as the national holiday on the second Monday of October in Canada. It originated as a harvest festival. The Americans call this event as the “First Thanksgiving” which was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England were familiar with celebrating “thanksgiving day” as the day of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought regularly.
Since 1789, Thanksgiving day has been celebrated nationally on and off, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. Thanksgiving day has been celebrated as a Confederate holiday every year since 1863, and during the American 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 the last Thursday in the month of November. Therefore, with the Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. After 1942, FD Roosevelt passed the bill stating that Thanksgiving day to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November of every year and it is followed till now in united states.
Since 1924, in New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which is the world’s largest parade, is held annually every Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square and televised nationally by NBC. This Macy’s parade features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters, and high school marching bands.The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade is the Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which launched in 1920 and takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
There are Thanksgiving parades in many other cities, including:
- Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade (St. Louis, Missouri)
- America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
- Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade (Charlotte, North Carolina)
- Celebrate the Season Parade (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) etc.
- “Thanksgiving” (1909), by Florence Earle Coates.
- “Over the River and Through the Wood” (1844), by Lydia Maria Child
- “Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986”, by William S. Burroughs in Tornado Alley.
- “A Hymn of Thanksgiving” (1899), composed and written by Fanny J. Crosby and Ira D. Sankey.
- “Alice’s Restaurant”, a song by Arlo Guthrie on his 1967 album Alice’s Restaurant, based on a true incident in his life that began on Thanksgiving Day, 1965.
- “Thanksgiving”, a song by George Winston on his 1982 album December.
- “The Thanksgiving Song”, a song by Adam Sandler on his album They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! (1994)
- “Thanksgiving Day Parade”, a song by Dan Bern on his album New American Language (2001).
- “Thanksgiving Day”, a song by Ray Davies on his album Other People’s Lives (2006).
- “We Gather Together”, the hymn of Dutch origin now associated with Thanksgiving.
Traditional foods are the large part of Thanksgiving celebrations. Many families include the entire family in the food preparation. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and dessert at the end of the meal.
The NFL on the Thanksgiving day is a traditional series of games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.
“Always gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, house into the home, a stranger into a friend.”
So always be thankful for what we have!!!