Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is one of the major holidays in the United States which happens every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving has been celebrated annually since 1863 during the Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fish (cod, eels, and bass) and shellfish (clams, lobster, and mussels), wild fowl (ducks, geese, swans, and turkey), venison, berries and fruit, vegetables (peas, pumpkin, beetroot and possibly, wild or cultivated onion), harvest grains (barley and wheat), and the Three Sisters: beans, dried Indian maize or corn, and squash. [Source]
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner...
It has been a tradition to have a turkey when celebrating Thanksgiving, most of the time, they served baked or roasted turkey. That is why Thanksgiving is sometimes called Turkey Day. Some foods associated with Thanksgiving dinner are stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, cranberry sauce and various kinds of vegetables. During Thanksgiving Day, families gathered together for a meal or dinner.
In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated annually every second Monday of October. The countries that celebrates Thanksgiving Day are the United States of America and Canada.
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