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Thanksgiving Day: origin and meaning


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Today Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving Day either thanksgiving in English, a festivity in which a dinner is shared with family and friends in which the turkey is the protagonist, with which they seek to thank, according to tradition, for what they have and have achieved during the year.

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Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the last Thursday of November and is equated in importance with Christmas, informally marking the start of the end-of-year festivities. It is even part of the 11 federal holidays in the United States.

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Here we tell you some information about the source Y meaning of this important American holiday:

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According to some historians, the origin of this day dates back to 1621 in Plymouth, in the current state of Massachusetts. They say that at that time the pilgrims from the New World, happy with the harvests obtained that year, offered a banquet as a celebration.

It is said that the population of this community was cut in half, due to the lack of food during the winter, until the Wampanoag Indians taught it to farm, hunt and fish, which led to the abundance of grains, barley, beans and pumpkins, so they had a “worthy reason” to celebrate, this event is known as the first Thanksgiving Day in history, or the first ‘American thanksgiving‘.

President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving celebration on November 26, 1789.

In 1963, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the Thanksgiving Day for all states, establishing the celebration on the last Thursday of November. However, on October 31, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a proclamation to change the holiday to the penultimate Thursday of the month, in an effort to boost the economy, a move that caused a double holiday in several states and confusion to take vacations in schools and other entities.

So he was forced to sign a joint resolution with Congress on December 26, 1941, to change the official national Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November beginning in 1942.

Source: diario libre

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I am a news writer at 24Happenings, where I help promote and write about events that matter to young professionals. I have worked in media for over a decade, most recently as an anchor in a small town in upstate New York. In my spare time, I like to read, cook simple meals, and watch DirecTV originals.


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