Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day is focused on giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. It is an observance that holds significant cultural and historical relevance for millions of Americans. The celebration often entails families gathering together to share a festive meal, traditionally including a roasted turkey and festive side dishes.

The origins of Thanksgiving Day date back to the early 17th century when English Pilgrims held the first feast in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, to express their gratitude to the Native American Wampanoag people who had helped them survive their first year in the New World. The tradition of giving thanks for a successful harvest had long been established in Europe; however, it was not until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving to foster unity in a divided country during the Civil War. Since then, Thanksgiving Day has become an integral part of American culture.

Families across the nation gather for a festive meal, volunteer at local food drives, participate in charity events, or watch the much-anticipated Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which has been an annual event since 1924. Thanksgiving is not just a day of indulgence in delicious food but rather an opportunity for Americans to express their gratitude, spend time with loved ones, and give back to their communities. Thanksgiving Day is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.

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Thanksgiving Day facts

  • The first Thanksgiving Day feast was held in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.
  • In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, US President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
  • Turkeys originated in North America, particularly Mexico, where the birds were first domesticated. The indigenous people of Mexico, such as Aztecs, raised turkeys for their feathers and meat. Spanish conquistadors later took turkeys from Mexico to Europe, where they became popular. When English settlers went to the Americas, they brought turkeys back with them, establishing the bird as part of the eventual Thanksgiving tradition.
  • The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes many foods native to Mexico and Central America. Corn, squash, beans, and chili peppers, all of which were domesticated and cultivated by indigenous Mesoamerican cultures, became staple ingredients in both Mexican and American (including Thanksgiving) cuisines.

Top things to do in Mexico for Thanksgiving Day

  • Eat lots of traditional Thanksgiving food including turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes.
  • Talk to relatives and friends by phone, email, or internet to remind them how thankful you are that they are all part of your life.
  • Engage in community service by volunteering at local shelters, food banks, or charitable organizations. Help serve meals to those in need, creating a sense of gratitude and giving back to the community.
  • Embrace the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and traditions. Take this time to engage with Mexican customs, such as celebrating Día de Acción de Gracias by learning about the country's history and feasting on traditional Mexican cuisine.

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