The Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving in English ” Thanksgiving Day ” precedes the Christmas celebrations, being celebrated in the United States every 4th Thursday of November, and in Canada, every 2nd Monday of October.
In both places, Thanksgiving is considered a national holiday .
Thanksgiving Date Meaning
This date expresses gratitude for all the good things that happened throughout the year. Originally, the date was after the harvest season, precisely to thank the abundance of agricultural production.
It is curious to note that this day, which is not associated with any religion, became popular over the years, being thus celebrated by all, regardless of creed.
Thanksgiving Celebrations and Traditions
The tradition in the United States and Canada is to thank the good times, to gather the family at a dinner party where pumpkins, apple and nut pies, cookies, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey are served.
In addition, Thanksgiving is celebrated with parties, masses, prayers and parades. Macy’s store is responsible for the biggest stop in the world on Thanksgiving. Known as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade , the parade has been held in New York since 1924.
Thanksgiving Day in United States
Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving was born as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated and closed nationally since 1789 with a proclamation by George Washington.
Thanksgiving Day in Brazil
In Brazil, this day was instituted on August 17, 1949, under the government of Eurico Gaspar Dutra (Law No. 781). Here, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November .
As in the United States and Canada, it is celebrated as a thank you for the good things of the coming year.
In Brazil, this date is not very celebrated and, therefore, is not a national holiday. Most of the people who celebrate in the country are immigrants from English speaking countries.
In addition, language schools, in order to spread the culture of English-speaking countries, celebrate the date.
In the 16th century, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, a region called New England, the villagers held a party to celebrate that year’s food harvest. This is because they have been through very severe winters.
It was from 1620, after severe weather, that the founding pilgrims of the village began to celebrate the good harvest.
In 1621, in order to repeat his thanks for the harvests, the village governor organized the “Feast in the Fall” between English and Native American settlers. This event consisted of varied dishes with corn, fish, ducks and turkeys.
From then on, the party became traditional in the United States and Canada. Other countries celebrating Thanksgiving are Grenada (Caribbean), Liberia (Africa), Norfolk Island (Australia), and the Netherlands (Europe).
- In the United States, about 50 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, also known as “ Turkey Day ”.
- In 1863, Thanksgiving was elected a festive day by US President Abraham Lincoln, but only after 1941 did it become a national holiday. In Canada (first celebrated in 1879), the current date was set in 1957.
- In Canada, as it is located further north, Thanksgiving is celebrated before the United States because of the harvest time.
- Thanksgiving demands a lot of tourists, being one of the days with the highest air traffic in the United States.
- The Black Friday ( ” Black Friday ” in English) is an event that occurs after the Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving. On this day, most stores offer great discounts and many people enjoy shopping for Christmas (Merry Christmas).