Thanksgiving : A Day Of Laughter, Love and Happiness
The time of the year has come when all the close ones, friends and relatives gather together to thank the almighty for giving them a blessed life. On this annual day, a national holiday is declared at a place like North America and people celebrate this day by offering prayers to the almighty and by keeping a traditional meal with the loved ones. In the USA, this day is observed on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada, it is held on the second Monday in October.
This day was set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and was approved in 1941. During the four-day weekend period for the Thanksgiving, along with feasting people love playing football games, family reunions and preparation for Christmas is started in a full-fledged manner.
How The Day Of Thanksgiving Came Into Existence :
The annual day of thanksgiving is one of the crucial days for which people wait eagerly. This day, which has been celebrated for years has a very important significance. This day holds a special significance as a mark of memory for the early Pilgrim fathers who made a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts by crossing the uncharted ocean from Europe.
In 1621, the religious refugees from England known as the Pilgrims held a harvest feast celebration at the Plymouth Plantation. There they invited the local native Americans to celebrate after a successful growing season. These people kept the exclusive celebration because in the previous year the harvest had failed which resulted in the death of many due to starvation.
Special Events During The Thanksgiving :
Thanksgiving day is also popularly called as the “Turkey Day” since turkey is one of the important dish for the thanksgiving dinner menu. It is believed that people used to hunt for Turkeys before the grand meal and that’s how it became the important dish. If we go by another theory, it is said that Turkey was inspired by Queen Elizabeth I. Also, it is believed that since turkeys are native to North America, they were a natural choice for early settlers.
The grand dinner on Thanksgiving day consist of various lip-smacking dishes that is very popular among the masses. Families cook and share a bountiful meal with family and friends.
Turkey : It forms the important or staple dish in the complete course.
Stuffing : Stuffing is also known as dressing. It is a mix of bread cubes, chopped celery, onions, carrots and sage stuffed inside the turkey for roasting. Also, chestnuts, chopped bacon or sausage, raisins or apples are a part of the stuffing.
Potatoes : One type is mashed potato with gravy. Another is sweet potato which is sometimes topped with marshmallows.
Pies : Among the pies, pumpkin pies are most important.
The other popular dishes are butternut squash, corn, green beans and cranberry sauce.
Other than the prayers and the grand feast, another activity that is very popular on thanksgiving is the game of football. The first Thanksgiving Day football game was organized in 1934 by The University of Detroit. This game was between the teams of the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. This game became so popular that it’s now an integral part of the thanksgiving day.
The annual Macy’s Parade is another integral activity on the Thanksgiving day. This parade takes place in the New York City. It’s an annual pageant of floats, giant balloons, marching bands and cheerleaders. On the social side, volunteering is a common Thanksgiving day activity that is done by many. Various communities hold food drives who provide free dinners for the less fortunate ones.
Celebrate Thanksgiving Day In India With Utmost Joy & Happiness:
Earlier the thanksgiving day celebration was restricted to few countries, but with changing time; the whole world has started celebrating this day. Every person in this world wishes to thank God for each and every small thing. We Indians have also started celebrating this day on a good note. Like, in Goa, thanksgiving day is observed as “Ladin” or “ Ladainha”. On this day people offer prayers to lord to thank him for every good thing that has happened in one’s life. Christians in Goa buy wheat, candles, gram and colored tinsel paper for the celebration.
So get wet in the colors of the thanksgiving festivals and enjoy with great fervor and euphoria. Join your close ones and thank God for a peaceful life and for every small good time in this land.