What is Thanksgiving? When is it?

Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival, thanksgiving for the blessing of the crop. The holiday has evolved over time and now includes elements of both religious and secular traditions.

The first Thanksgiving was held by the Pilgrims in 1621 to celebrate their first successful harvest in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The feast lasted three days and included food such as roasted turkey, venison, fish, shellfish, berries, fruits, pumpkin pie, and squash. The Pilgrims invited members of the Wampanoag tribe to join them for the celebration.

Today, Thanksgiving is still primarily a day to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with throughout the year. Families gather together to enjoy a traditional meal which usually includes turkey (or ham), stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, yams/sweet potatoes, rolls and butter, and pumpkin pie. For many people it is also a day to watch football games or participate in other outdoor activities with family and friends.

Turkey is usually the main dish. People also eat stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Giving thanks is an important part of the holiday. People take time to think about all the things they are grateful for.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday to spend time with the people you love.

This years Thanksgiving will fall on Thursday 24th November.