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Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving day is an annual national holiday which takes place in the United States and Canada on the last Thursday in November in celebration of the harvest and other blessing during the year.

The first Thanksgiving Day was observed when the Pilgrim Fathers held a three-day festival after the harvest of 1621. But the day was not celebrated as a regular national holiday until more than two centuries later. Gradually each state adopted the idea until, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed a national harvest festival on November 26.

The festival is still basically a home celebration, with religious overtones, for families and friends. Turkey is the traditional meal at the feast, and such autumnal dishes as pumpkin pie and plum pudding stress the harvest theme.


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