Nov 28

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Lilian

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday, celebrated mostly in the United States and Canada.  It is a day of giving thanks for the blessed harvest and also for giving thanks in advance for the harvest of the preceding year.

Many other countries around the world observe this similar celebrations but on a different date.  For the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October.

Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions.   It has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. After the harvest, prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among the religions.

In North America,  the Thanksgiving holiday’s history is rooted in English traditions which was dated from the Protestant Reformation.  It has the aspects of a harvest festival even though the harvest in New England occurs well before late November date while the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

In most jurisdictions of Canada, Thanksgiving is now a statutory holiday with the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Thanksgiving is celebrated among families, relatives and close friends.  It is a day that people will enjoy a feast of turkey, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, turkey stuffings, cranberries sauce, cookies and many more.  Turkey is a must have on Thanksgiving Day and for this reason, this special Bird – TURKEY has a proclaimed pardon by the President of the United States to spare the bird’s life and to ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland.

People will be traveling back home to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their families and it is during this time that flights are fully booked and traffic on the highway will be packed.  Safe driving should be observed when traveling back home to celebrate this day of thanks with your family and loved ones.

While we are celebrating Thanksgiving, let’s us all give a special moment of thanks to all the soldiers who have been deployed away from home to keep us safe.  Let’s us not forget those who could not make it home to celebrate with their families and wish them a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  Let’s us also not forget those who are homeless and not able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  If you see one on the street, give help to him or her and in return, you will be blessed with a good harvest or success in all your undertakings.


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