Thanksgiving Day is especially celebrated as National day in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November and it is also celebrated across the world like in Canada, Liberia and in some Caribbean islands.
This day is specially celebrated as a day appointed for giving thanks for divine goodness. This day is celebrated as the joy when Harvest occurs and people arrange family and social parties and donate food to poor ones thanking God for His blessings.
Thanksgiving Day was first officially announced in the USA by Abraham Lincoln a presidential proclamation in 1863.
In many parts of the world, people observe this day as a holiday to create the much anticipated long Thanksgiving weekend.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places.
Thanksgiving Day: History of Thanksgiving and why we celebrate Thanksgiving?
It is generally believed especially in the USA that in 1621, the Pilgrims arranged a feast in Plymouth Colony and invited Wampanoag Indians to celebrate their first harvest. A good time that includes turkey and pumpkin pie, was had by all.
Indeed, 90 Indians and 53 Pilgrims feasted for three days at that event, and it was an official day of giving thanks to God for his blessings.
However, the colonists were only carrying on the Calvinist Protestant tradition of designating special public days of thanksgiving for the blessings of the Almighty.
Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that has been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.
The roots of Canadian Thanksgiving Day are linked to French settlers when they came to New France in the 17th century. They celebrated their successful harvests and this became a cultural ritual with time.
In many parts of the world people do celebrate this type of festival when harvest occurs and praise and thankfulness to God for all His blessings, delights and ease in life.
Thanksgiving Day: Poems of Thanksgiving:
At Grandma’s House
I like the taste of turkey
Any time throughout the year
But it never
seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving’s here.
Could be it’s all the trimmings
That is cooked with it to eat-
But I think it’s
eating at Grandma’s house
That makes it such a treat!
More Than A Day
As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we’re poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.
We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We’re wealthy when push comes to shove.
So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you’ve got;
Realize it’s a lot,
And you’ll make all your cares go away.
By Karl Fuchs
On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For the sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We’re grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we’re grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
By Joanna Fuchs
Thanksgiving Day: Quotes of Thanksgiving:
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” By Frank A. Clark
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is Lil wrapping a present and not giving it.” By William Arthur Ward
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” By Seneca
“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” By John Wooden
“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” By Neale Donald Walsh
“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” By Robert Holden
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” By Melody Beattie
“Small cheer and great welcome make a merry feast.” By William Shakespeare