The thanksgiving day: It is a traditional celebration of the USA and Canada. In the USA it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. During this holiday the family gather around a table sharing a feast. It is considered a secular holiday.
History: In Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles, they were celebrated after hard work. At that time, Native Americans also celebrated it. When European arrived to America for the first time in the Mayflower, they brought their own traditions. In theUSA, the Thanksgiving Day has its origins in 1621, at a celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The festival was held in gratitude for a good harvest. Later, the tradition continued with civilian leaders. Since the beginning the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, and the Wampanoag Native tribe helped the Pilgrims.
Proclamation: On 1 January 1795, the first president, George Washington, wrote his famous proclamation of thanksgiving.
Family dinner: Most people celebrate this holiday with family gathering in their homes where they prepare a feast. It is common in many homes to offer a prayer of thanks. The traditional main course for dinner is a big roast or baked turkey. A big variety of desserts is also served, and the pumpkin pie is the most popular.