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23 November 2011

Thanksgiving Day Celebrations in the United States:

- Harish Jharia 



The 4th Friday of November every year is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Thanksgiving celebration in United States is considered as the most important event after Charismas and New Year Day. 


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These celebrations are also associated with extended holidays. The Friday after the Thanksgiving Day that is also called the ‘Black Friday’, is usually declared holiday in some states and by some offices also.  As such the four day vacation becomes a grand occasion for the people of the United States for getting together, shopping and partying.




During the Civil War in the year 1863, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President proclaimed the Thanksgiving Day a national holiday on Thursday, November 26, 1863. Since then the Thanksgiving Day is observed on the fourth Thursdays of November month every year. 



Ancient History of Thanksgiving Day:


The modern Thanksgiving Day may also be traced back to a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful crop. This was continued in later years, first as an unofficial religious observance, and later it continued as a social tradition.
   


Squanto, a Patuxent Native American who lived with Wampanoag tribe, taught a group of Pilgrims the expertise for catching eel fish and growing corn. He also worked for them as their interpreter. The Wampanoag leader Massasoit donated food stock to the upcoming colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were exhausted. Eventually, The Pilgrims then set apart a day for celebrating a ‘thanksgiving day’ at Plymouth immediately after their first harvest, in 1621.


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