Happy Thanksgiving to all our US fans!
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the US and on the second Monday of October in Canada (sorry we missed that one!).
Many other countries similarly observe Thanksgiving, or, thanks for the years harvest at various other times in the year.
History.com describes the origins of the US Thanksgiving:
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
History.com further explains the link between Thanksgiving and turkeys:
In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation.
Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this week?