Thanksgiving is the harvest festival celebrated in the United States. Apart from the United States, the country Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving day falls every year on fourth
Thursday of month November. It was a festival of farmers in the earlier times. They celebrated Thanksgiving as a day for saying thanks for the harvest they received. Modern day Thanksgiving is celebrated by all. Modern day Thanksgiving is about saying thanks for all the prosperity achieved in the preceding year. The nation celebrates Thanksgiving day as a token of thanks for all the good achievements attained by the country in the prior year.
Thanksgiving Day Facts
The history of thanksgiving giving goes back to the 16th century AD. It is believed to be first celebrated in the year 1598 in Texas. Here are some essential facts one must know about Thanksgiving Day.
What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a festival of harvest celebrated at the end of the year in counties like the United States of America and Canada. The Thanksgiving has celebrated every year in month November.
This year, in 2018, Thanksgiving falls on date November 22.
On which date is Thanksgiving day celebrated?
Thanksgiving day, the festival of harvest in the USA and Canada is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November month.
The other names of Thanksgiving day
The Thanksgiving day is also called Turkey Day. The day is also called Turkey day because Turkey is an essential part of Thanksgiving day meals. Turkey is a common domestic animal in every farmer’s house. This also makes Turkey a symbol of Thanksgiving day.
How is Thanksgiving day celebrated
The Thanksgiving day is marked by the preparation of traditional Thanksgiving day dishes, organizing of parades, inviting family members and friends for the meals specially prepared, etc.
Is Thanksgiving day a holiday in the United States and Canada?
Yes. Thanksgiving day is recognized as a holiday in the United States and Canada. In the USA, Thanksgiving day is a federal holiday. As it is celebrated in all states of the United States, it also is thus, a State holiday and a National holiday.
Thanksgiving Day Activities
The Thanksgiving day morning starts with parades. There are huge parade events conducted in different parts of the country and also there are the smaller ones organized locally. People as a community gather to enjoy and participate in the Thanksgiving parades. On this day, people either go to their relatives or friends’ houses or invite them to their houses to have a meal together, have a good time and give thanks to the God for every blessing they received. Preparation and sharing of Thanksgiving day meals with the invited guests is the main activity of Thanksgiving day.
Importance of Thanksgiving Dishes
The main dish of Thanksgiving meal is nothing but turkey. Turkey dinner is part of the Thanksgiving tradition for years. Turkey is prepared in roasted form or gravy form or in both ways. Other food items that can be found on the Thanksgiving table beside the turkey are gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce etc. Gravy is served to lubricate the meals. In modern-day meals, some green vegetables are also sometimes included in addition to the above dishes. Desserts normally served at the end of the meal are pumpkin, apple, sweet potato or pecan pies.
What is the history of Thanksgiving
The history of Thanksgiving celebration dates back to 1598.
The first celebration of Thanksgiving in history is believed to be held in Texas the year 1598. It was the pilgrims who first celebrated Thanksgiving. For them, it was the day they said thanks to the God for the bountiful harvest they received from farming in the former year.
In the earlier times, different communities living in different regions celebrated Thanksgiving on different dates of the year. Later it became celebrated on a single day in every part of the country. From 1863, it is regarded as holiday nationally. It was the former president George Washington who harmonized the thanksgiving day celebrations to the fourth Thursday in November.
Is the stock market open on Thanksgiving Day
The following is the list of stock markets that won’t be opening and functioning on the Thanksgiving day.
International Securities Exchange (ISE),
National Stock Exchange (NSX)
Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX)
Boston Equities Exchange (BEX)
National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (Nasdaq)
Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)
American Stock Exchange (AMEX)
Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX)
Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
Boston Stock Exchange (BSE)
Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)
Boston Options Exchange (BOX)
Miami Stock Exchange (MS4X)
Parades will be held in different places on the occasion of Thanksgiving. Live Performances will be held in the parades. People dressed in fancy costumes doing live performances along with singers, balloons, bands will be there as a part of Thanksgiving day parade. Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is a popular parade held every year. The Marcy’s organize it, so it is called Marcy’s Thanksgiving parade. This year in 2018, it is Marcy’s 91st thanksgiving parade. The parades attract visitors from within and outside the country.