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  1. 1. • Thanksgiving • Origin •Celebrations • Fun facts
  2. 2. What do the pictures tell you?
  3. 3. Origin • The pilgrims : - Sailed on the Mayflower ship & landed on Plymouth - Massachusetts in1620. - Failed to survive the 1st few months in their new home. • Native people helped the pilgrims taught the settlers how to grow corn & other crops to survive • 12/1621: the Pilgrims held a three-day feast in Plymouth Rock & invited native people to celebrate their successful harvest.
  4. 4.  The 1st Thanksgiving
  5. 5. • On the fourth Thursday of November. • A four-day / five-day weekend vacation in school & college calendars.
  6. 6. Decorations Cornucopia
  7. 7. 3. Decoration - Decorate homes with wreaths, fresh & dried flowers. - Light lamps to brighten the environment. - Tables are adorned with best china and antique silver cutlery to mark the occasion. - Autumn colors of orange, red, brown, and yellow are often used in table or door decorations, along with dried flowers, colorful gourds and “Indian corn.” All of these items represent the harvest and the fall season.
  8. 8. Cornucopia • Cornucopia (horn of plenty): One of the most recognizable symbols of Thanksgiving • A decorative motif, originating in ancient Greece, symbolizes abundance. • A horn-shaped container, it is filled with abundance fruits and grains.
  9. 9. Thanksgiving food
  10. 10. Turkey Stuffing Mashed potatoes Cranberry sauce
  11. 11. Pumpkin pie Sweet corn Other fall vegetables
  12. 12. 2. Giving thanks • In celebrations at home: begin Thanksgiving dinner by saying grace - a prayer to express appreciation to God, to ask for God’s blessing. • Show gratitude to friends, relatives, & colleagues: send loving messages & warm wishes through Thanksgiving cards.
  13. 13. Giving thanks
  14. 14. Grace: For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
  15. 15. Thanksgiving cards * Dear Aryaman, Thanks so much for being there on my side and supporting me all through. Without you my life would have been incomplete. * Dear Mummy and Papa You are the best parents any child can have. Thanks for being our parents. Arpit and Dolly Love, Akriti
  16. 16. 3. Parades • In N.Y: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day + Televised nationally by NBC. + Features: moving stands with themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons & high school marching bands. The Santa Claus float ends the Macy's Parade : unofficially signifies that the Christmas season has begun. • Also appear in many other cities : Chicago, Illinois, Plymouth, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri. • Famously known for its policy of going on under any circumstance or condition.
  17. 17. Parades
  18. 18. Moving stands
  19. 19. Giant ballons
  20. 20. Other activities 1. Shopping “Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving: starts The American winter holiday season (= Christmas shopping season) 2. Football A lot of football games are played & watching them is a popular activity.
  21. 21. Turkey pardon • Sending them to retirement on a farm rather than to a dinner table • Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement.
  22. 22. Charity • Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate • In the Thanksgiving spirit of sharing, it is common today for civic groups and charitable organizations to offer traditional Thanksgiving meals to those in need, particularly the homeless. Communities take up food drives for needy families during the holiday.
  23. 23. Hungry diners line up outside a church for a free Thanksgiving meal
  24. 24. •THANK YOU 