Thanksgiving 2020- Here’s everything you need to know about the festival!
- Here’s everything you need to know about the history, significance and celebrations of this feast-filled holiday
- Thanksgiving has aspects of a harvest festival and is reserved primarily for acknowledging the sacrifices and blessings of the past year
- It is deeply rooted in the history of America and its religion and cultural traditions
Thanksgiving is celebrated with various traditions and rituals across various parts of the world on the 4th Thursday of November every year.
This day is reserved primarily for offering thanks and acknowledging the sacrifices and blessings of the previous year.
Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season and similarly named festivals are also celebrated in Germany, Canada, Japan, etc.
History and Significance of Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving is deep rooted in the history of Americ. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states for more than two centuries.
This was acknowledged as the first Thanksgiving and for the following two centuries, several individual colonies and states celebrated this festival on various days. It wasn’t until 1863, that is, in the midst of the American Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday that was to be held annually in the month of November.
This year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated by the Americans on 26th November.
Most families observe with a large meal and sometimes a religious service. The Thanksgiving meal is the main attraction of this festival and it usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pies, but many feasts differ between families and cultures.
There are a few Thanksgiving traditions besides the meal. Many churches organise a special Thanksgiving Day service centered on thanking God. At the meal, many families observe the ritual of going around the table to express what each member is thankful for. Some family members will travel long distances to attend this yearly reunion. But even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, families that are unable to meet are organising feasts over Zoom and FaceTime in order to cut down the isolation of the pandemic and to give thanks for the well-being of the family during this trying time.
We wish you a very happy thanksgiving!