All About Thanksgiving:
The History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day is
a harvest festival celebrated primarily in
the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving
is a holiday to express thankfulness,
gratitude, and appreciation to God, family
and friends for which all have been blessed
of material possessions and relationships.
has been a time to give thanks for a
bountiful harvest. This holiday has since
moved away from its religious roots. In the
United States, Thanksgiving Day falls on the
fourth Thursday of November. In Canada it is
celebrated on the second Monday in October.
historical origin of the holiday is
disputed. Although Americans commonly
believe that the first Thanksgiving happened
in 1621, at Plymouth Plantation, in
Massachusetts, there is strong evidence for
earlier celebrations in Canada (1578) and by
Spanish explorers in Florida (1565).
Thanksgiving Day is also celebrated in the
Netherlands. A different holiday which uses
the same name is celebrated at a similar
time of year in the island of Grenada.
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