United States to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day this 26th
Americans will be celebrating the Thanksgiving day. It is an annual revelry celebrated by the country every fourth Thursday of the November. This year, Thanksgiving celebration falls down on November 26, 2015.
Since 1863, after Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national day, it has become a major federal holiday in the U.S. It is also a major holiday celebrated in the country along with Christmas and New Year.
Some would be curious about what's special with this day. Others may be asking why is it celebrated all over the country? Americans thought of Thanksgiving as the best time to celebrate dinner with family and friends. Others think that it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Yes, it may stand for these reasons, but not exactly as what we know.
If we go back in the year 1623, Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Plantation proclaimed to his people to render Thanksgiving to the Almighty Father for all the blessings he bestowed the family.
"All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings."
With the declaration of Governor Bradford, Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated annually since 1623 and was legalized by the Henry Laurens, "President of Continental Congress, in December 1777.
"…for solemn thanksgiving and praise. That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor;… and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them (their manifold sins) out of remembrance"
Along with giving thanks to our Father, people make this day as an opportunity to sit together in a special dinner with family and friends. The meal often includes potatoes, turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and pumpkin pie.
Parades are usually held in some cities and towns, and it marks the Christmas shopping opening around the country. People would also take advantage of the four- day weekend to go for a trip with families and loved ones.
Businesses, schools, Government offices and other organizations are closed during Thanksgiving Day. Most of the time, organizations approved employees to have a four-day weekend. Since Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, offices are also extending their holiday on Friday after the official Thanksgiving day. Public transit operations do not usually operate during the celebration.
The four-days vacation and no work are one of the busiest time of the year. People usually go to travels and enjoy moments with friends and family. The event causes overcrowding and congestion on the local traffic because of football games and seasonal parades.
Canada also celebrates annual Thanksgiving day every second Monday of October. It was first observed on April 15, 1872, as a celebration of the recovery of the prince of Wales after suffering from a serious sickness.
Two days to go and it's Thanksgiving day! Happy Thanksgiving, America.
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