Every year, the fourth Thursday of November takes place in the United States known as Thanksgiving Day (Thanksgiving, in English), a traditional festival that takes place throughout the country.
This national holiday has to do with the celebrations that took place at the end of autumn to give thanks for the harvest of the year. Specifically, the party was born in the year 1621, when English settlers and natives celebrated that year’s successful harvest for three days.
This celebration, where the turkey was shared, as well as pumpkins and dried fruits, was held to give thanks for the harvest, which was essential to feed both natives and settlers during the winter, since many of the colonists who had arrived a year earlier did not survive the first winter.
However, what is known today as Thanksgiving Day and which refers to that celebration, it was not carried out again until 1789, when George Washington declared this day a national holiday and it took place on Thursday, November 26, as indicated from the web of the United States Government.
The holiday was celebrated on different days in each of the states, so that, as early as 1863, it was Lincoln who proclaimed National Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November and it was the president of the United States who proclaimed the day annually. thanksgiving. Finally, in 1941, Congress declared this day a legal holiday.
How is Thanksgiving Day celebrated?
The two main elements of Thanksgiving are family and food, a day comparable to Christmas Eve that is celebrated in our country, since it is one of the most important holidays for Americans.
In addition, many people take advantage of this day to travel to the United States and be with their family during this holiday, where the food that is prepared for dinner is also important, where it takes on a special role. turkey, one of the typical dishes for Thanksgiving.
Over time, Americans have found other forms of celebration to add to family gatherings and hearty dinners, which is why it is now held as well. the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is broadcast on television, as well as the different football matches that also take place on this day.
By last, At present the so-called Black Friday is also very important, which takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, a day of sales and offers in all shops that has already been extended to other countries such as, for example, Spain.