Thanksgiving Day – Everything you need to know about this Thankful Day
Thanksgiving Day – Everything you need to know about this Thankful Day – One of the biggest national holidays in North America is Thanksgiving. If you have been a fan of American TV shows and movies, you know how a big part of their culture includes Thanksgiving. There is some warmth in this festival that makes it super special and comfy. The vibes of Thanksgiving make it one of the festivals that you want to celebrate with your loved ones in the winter season. Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November, every year. Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving but they do it in October.
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North America, Brazil, and different parts of the world celebrate the Thanksgiving festival. As the name says, this festival is all about being thankful for the life we are having. It is about recognising the sacrifices and blessings of the past year. This day is also the start of the holiday season in North America. It also marks the beginning of a month-long shopping festival for the winter holidays with Black Friday kicking off the season. People shop, relax, go on vacations, and just enjoy during this season.
So, this was a gist of this festival and more about this festival is mentioned right below so make sure to read the blog till the end.
The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in 1621. It was in this year that the pilgrims did Thanksgiving for their first bumper harvest in Plymouth Rock. The pilgrims were originally called the colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was in this year that they shared a meal with the Wampanoag Indians. It was at this time that the tradition of the Thanksgiving was started. Later, President Abraham Lincoln called for the celebration of a national Thanksgiving Day each November by the country. He announced this day to be an annual national holiday.
Thanksgiving is an important festival for the Americans. It holds a special place in the hearts of Americans as this day is all about being thankful for. They gather together with their friends and families to talk about the things they are grateful for. This festival is the beginning of the new season and the harvest season as well, so that holds another importance as well.
- You will be amazed to know that the menu for the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth in 1621 likely included lobster, seal, and swans and turkey was not even a part of the menu.
- There was a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale who lobbied Congress for years to make Thanksgiving an official holiday.
- An interesting fact also includes that originally, Thanksgiving may not have been celebrated in November at all.
- In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving one week earlier.
- It was in 1953 that Thanksgiving leftovers of that year led to the first-ever TV dinner.
- The “pardoning” of a turkey has become an annual White House tradition… but no one’s quite sure who started it.
- Thanksgiving Day football games began in the 1870s
- The day after Thanksgiving is especially busy for plumbers
Food, family, friends, and football are the major traditions that the Americans follow on this festival. The close friends and families sit together to have their special cooked Thanksgiving food and enjoy it while watching American Football. As a part of the ritual, they also write down the things they are thankful for. The world’s largest Thanksgiving parade, The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade happens in New York and people watch on this day live or on the TV. This parade includes giant cartoon balloons that float above the sky accompanied by dancers and marching bands.
Best American Shows/Movies to Watch on this day
At the beginning of this blog, we told you how amazing some of the American TV Shows and Movies revolve around Thanksgiving Day. If you have watched any of these shows and movies then you know that just watching these episodes or movies makes it so comfortable and gives so much pleasure to the hearts. Here are some of the best American TV Shows and movies that you must watch if you want to get into the vibe of Thanksgiving.
- R.I.E.N.D.S. – One of the most popular American TV Shows is this one and its fan base has no bounds. This show has 10 seasons and almost all the seasons have one special Thanksgiving episode. Just watching these episodes on a loop brings so much joy and knowledge about this day. Watching different friends celebrate this festival together as a family is everything.
- HIMYM – How I Met Your Mother has a few Thanksgiving episodes here and there, all of which are funny, realistic, and traditional. You are going to laugh a lot once you explore the Slapsgiving tradition started by these friends on Thanksgiving.
- Gossip Girl – Not very comfortable but surely something realistic! The Thanksgiving episodes in Gossip Girl include traditions being followed by some families and getting ruined by others. It is a mess but you are going to love to see how the rich do it!
Some other amazing American TV shows to watch on Thanksgiving are Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-to-Nine, Big Bang Theory, She’s Gotta Have It, Hannah and Her Sisters, The House of Yes, Pieces of April, Addams Family Values, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day
There are so many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. You can either make your own traditions and do something entirely of your own because this is not our national festival hence we do not have rituals and stories attached to it. Or you can go all out and celebrate it as North Americans. You can have intimate close friends or family dinners and make it a tradition. You can make Thanksgiving special dinner like Americans and include Turkey (if you eat it) and desserts. You can also go to different Thanksgiving parties and more. But, whatever you do and however you decide to celebrate this day, make sure to be thankful for your amazing life and also spread happiness so that there is enough for others to be thankful for.
Ethnic American Thanksgiving Traditions and Food
The North Americans enjoy a national holiday on Thanksgiving and along with a holiday, they also make sure to enjoy their traditional meal on this day. Some of the popular Thanksgiving food includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Mashed potatoes, casseroles, Honey-glazed Brussels sprouts, and pies. The Americans make sure to enjoy their dinners and lunches that include these food items mentioned above. But, if you are an Indian, you can decide your own menu and top it off with some fancy desserts, side sauces, and more.
Talking about the traditions, the North Americans also have typical ethnic rituals that they follow on Thanksgiving Day. These are however generalised rituals and every family comes up with their personal traditions as well.
Some of the main Thanksgiving traditions are
- Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal
- Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Share what you’re most thankful for
- Break the wishbone for good luck
- Watch an American football game
- Giving back
- Run a turkey trot
- Shop ’til you drop on Black Friday
- Napping together
So, we hope we covered everything related to Thanksgiving Day in this blog post. Right from the importance of this festival to the rituals to how you can celebrate it as Indians, we tried to cover the most things about this day. We would also like to advise you that just like the Americans have a Thanksgiving tradition that they follow each year, you can also come up with your traditions and make sure to follow them each year.
Also, we believe and preach the fact that life is meant to be enjoyed in different ways so if you are getting to enjoy a festival why not do it? It is only going to bring happiness, contentment, excitement, and comfort into your life. It will be a great break from the monotonous life and something to look forward to every year. On that note, Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Thanksgiving Day – Everything you need to know about this Thankful Day – One of the biggest national holidays in North America is Thanksgiving. If you have been a fan of American TV shows and movies, you know how a big part of their culture includes Thanksgiving. There is some warmth in this festival that makes…