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  1. 1. THANKSGIVING Thanksgiving is a very important American festivity and it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It is still in the fall.
  2. 2. ORIGINS <ul><li>I n September 1620 a small ship called Mayflower left England carrying the Pilgrims who were persecuted because of religious reasons. </li></ul><ul><li>They arrived on the north-east coast of North America in December 1620 and founded Plymouth (Massachusets). </li></ul><ul><li>Their living conditions were very bad, but the Indians explained them how to grow corn, hunt and live in the wilderness. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1621 the harvest was excellent and by November they celebrated a dinner for the Pilgrims and the Indians. </li></ul>
  3. 3. FAMILIES <ul><li>Nowadays Thanksgiving is a special day for families to be together and to thank God for all they have. </li></ul><ul><li>Americans travel great distances to be with their families on this occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>They decorate their houses for the occasion. </li></ul>
  4. 4. FOOD <ul><li>People decorate their houses, lay their tables and have lunch together. </li></ul><ul><li>People eat roast turkey, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. </li></ul><ul><li>Most families start the meal with a prayer. </li></ul>
  5. 5. PARADES <ul><li>The long Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to start Christmas shopping. Big stores and shops are open at the weekend. </li></ul><ul><li>There are parades with floats everywhere. The most famous one is Mercy's Parade-Mercy i.s a famous big store-. </li></ul>
  6. 6. SPORTS <ul><li>People spend the afternoon watching sports programs on TV or practising sports together in their gardens or courtyards. </li></ul>