Thanksgiving Day Traditions and History

Thanksgiving Day Traditions and History

Every fourth Thursday in November, which this year falls on the 26th we traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

The History of the Holiday

Thanksgiving Day became a holiday of gratitude to God, has its origins in American history. It is associated with the first settlers from England, who sailed to the shores of America in 1620 and founded the Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts.

More than half of those who arrived could not survive the winter and perished, but those who survived, with the help of local Indians, went into farming. After receiving a bountiful harvest, in the fall of 1621 the colonists invited the chief and Indians of the tribe that had helped them survive to offer thanksgiving to God at a dinner. This was the first Thanksgiving celebration.

A century later, one of the founding fathers and the first president of the United States, George Washington, proposed that Thanksgiving be celebrated annually on November 26. Successive US presidents changed the date on which they thought the whole country should celebrate it, and in 1941, the current order of celebration was established: every fourth Thursday in November.


This holiday is celebrated by gathering at home by all family.  At the feast, people eat the same foods that were on the table at the first feast in 1621, and everyone in attendance gives thanks for all the good things that have happened in their lives during the year.

Traditional Thanksgiving dishes include stuffed turkey, pumpkin or apple pie, and the fall harvest: apples, chestnuts, nuts, and grapes.

This is a doubly enjoyable holiday for all who celebrate it, because in fact, Thanksgiving begins the holiday season, which includes Christmas and will last all the way to New Year's Day. It's also followed by Black Friday, a day of sales and crazy discounts in the United States.

Don't miss your chance to buy best presents and toys during these holidays. Especially now when Doecoliving offers great deals and sales on everything. 


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