Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November, which is the equivalent of Thanksgiving Day in Canada, which takes place in October. More important than July 4th, the National Day of the United States or even Christmas, Thanksgiving is a family celebration that brings together a lot of people. It is not related to any political or religious event, so everyone can join. It is therefore in a festive context that Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists celebrate this event.
This national day is also anchored in history. In 1621, the first European pilgrims or settlers of the Mayflower established this rite to thank the Indians. The latter, taught British religious dissidents alias "Pilgrims" how to hunt and harvest corn. This was the first Thanksgiving. It lasted 3 days!
Including "lobster, chestnuts, onion, leeks, dried fruits, cabbage, carrots, chicken, rabbit, honey and maple syrup", the first banquet of Thanksgiving would have contained neither mashed potatoes, nor pumpkin pie, nor even corncobs, today unavoidable. About 45 million turkeys are baked each year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Economists even consider this figure as "a good indicator of American household morale"! Every year, the President of the United States graces at least one. The tradition goes back to Kennedy, who saved one from compassion. For the happy elect, it's the guarantee to finish their quiet days on the farm. It is a festive, family and friendly moment around a traditional dinner with festive atmosphere of end of year celebrations.
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