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|/img >/img src="//images/stories/tip/miscellaneous/holidays/thanksgiving-day-1.jpg" alt="Thanksgiving Day: national holiday of the USA" align=left title="День Благодарения: национальный праздник США" />Thanksgiving Day (Thanksgiving Day) is one of the most known public holidays of the USA. And though Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as well in Canada, traditions of the American Thanksgiving Day are so familiar to us according to the Hollywood movies. |
The history of emergence of Thanksgiving Day is connected with the first British settlers in the territory of the present USA. The Thanksgiving Day ceremony in the Plymouth colony in 1621 held by a community of puritans pilgrims is one of the first similar ceremonies.
Fathers pilgrims arrived to North America in November, 1620 after long travel from the English port of Plymouth. The heavy road was endured not by all, the unfamiliar earth met colonists by stony soils, unfamiliar plants and animals. By means of local Indians pilgrims learned to process the earth, to grow up local cultures.
In the fall of the following, 1621, colonists received an excellent crop. Then it was decided to hold the Thanksgiving Day ceremony to the Lord for the granted benefits – a ceremony which was fated to become historical. Indians of the local tribe helping pilgrims were also invited to celebration.
Till 1941 Thanksgiving Day was celebrated differently. Date of a holiday established that for November 26, the last or penultimate Thursday of November. At last, in 1941 the bill of the Congress of the USA about celebration of Thanksgiving Day every fourth Thursday of November was signed by the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This day Thanksgiving Day and is celebrated presently.
Thanksgiving Day is connected with a set of the traditions which sacredly are stored in each American family. All family members gather for Thanksgiving Day at a cozy and rich table: also it is old, and mlad. To a table the stuffed turkey, invariable sweet pumpkin pie, potatoes, corn ears, apples, nuts – everything, as well as moves hundreds years ago. The audience at a table thanks each other, Misters thank. All family rejoices to the next lived year and hopes not less happily to live and the next year.
On Thanksgiving Day in the cities of the USA pass colourful parades, bright flowers fireworks break out in the sky. By Thanksgiving Day charity especially becomes more active. Americans endow the beggar and the homeless money, products, clothes, etc.
On Thanksgiving Day at least one turkey has to be pardoned – such half-joking ritual was established more than 150 years ago by Harry Truman. Every year on the eve of a holiday the incumbent president of the USA declares pardon to a specific turkey – it will not get on a holiday table. All this occurs on a lawn in front of the White house under a sight of television cameras. After a ceremony the "rescued" turkey goes to a zoo where lives till an old age.
The most known parade of Thanksgiving Day is the parade of Macy's which is annually taking place in New York since 1927. Colourfully dressed up actors, huge inflatable characters of animated films, comics participate in procession. Are quite often invited to parade and stars of Hollywood.
Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of prechristmas sales. Since the following ambassador of Thanksgiving Day of Friday – Black Friday – sales last till Christmas. Shops open a bit earlier, buyers are attracted by colourful boards, huge discounts.
Thanksgiving Day by right is considered a national American holiday and is very much esteemed in the USA.
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