Thanksgiving
Prepared by: C. Drakopoulou
What is Thanksgiving?
It is a purely American celebration that has
nothing to do with religion.
For many Americans, Thanks...
When is it celebrated?
It is celebrated on the 4th
Thursday of November
Why in November?
Because autumn is the time of year when crops
are gathered. When the first European settlers
in America g...
How did it start?
Tradition says Pilgrim settlers from England
celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
The Pilgrims lef...
How did it start?
About 100 Pilgrims landed in 1620 in what later
became known as Plymouth, Massachussets.
Their trip acro...
How did it start?
When spring came, the Pilgrims began to
plant crops. A native American Indian named
Squanto helped them....
How did it start?
The Pilgrims decided to hold a celebration to
give thanks for their harvest. Writings from
that time say...
How did it start?
That Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
There were many kinds of food.
The meal included wild b...
How did it start?
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared
the last Thursday in November a national
holiday. At that tim...
What do they do?
Americans enjoy watching football games on
Thanksgiving Day. Some of the games are
broadcast on national ...
What do they do?
Many people also like to watch Thanksgiving
Day parades on television. Big stores in several
cities organ...
What do they do?
Historically, stores have been closed on the
holiday. Most people spend the day with their
families or fr...
What do they do?
In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is one of
the biggest shopping days of the year. People
start their C...
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  1. 1. Thanksgiving Prepared by: C. Drakopoulou
  2. 2. What is Thanksgiving? It is a purely American celebration that has nothing to do with religion. For many Americans, Thanksgiving is the only time when all members of a family gather together. The holiday is a time of family reunion.
  3. 3. When is it celebrated? It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November
  4. 4. Why in November? Because autumn is the time of year when crops are gathered. When the first European settlers in America gathered their crops, they celebrated and gave thanks for the food. They thanked God for the success of the harvest.
  5. 5. How did it start? Tradition says Pilgrim settlers from England celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. The Pilgrims left England on a ship called the Mayflower. They wanted to start a new life in the New World.
  6. 6. How did it start? About 100 Pilgrims landed in 1620 in what later became known as Plymouth, Massachussets. Their trip across the Atlantic Ocean was difficult. They arrived just as autumn was turning to winter. During the cold months that followed, about half of them died.
  7. 7. How did it start? When spring came, the Pilgrims began to plant crops. A native American Indian named Squanto helped them. When summer ended, the Pilgrims had a good harvest of corn. There was enough food to last through the winter.
  8. 8. How did it start? The Pilgrims decided to hold a celebration to give thanks for their harvest. Writings from that time say Pilgrim leader William Bradford set a date late in the year. He invited members of a nearby Indian tribe to attend.
  9. 9. How did it start? That Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. There were many kinds of food. The meal included wild birds such as ducks, geese and turkeys.
  10. 10. How did it start? In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November a national holiday. At that time, the United States was fighting a civil war. President Lincoln liked the idea of a holiday that would also celebrate national unity.
  11. 11. What do they do? Americans enjoy watching football games on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the games are broadcast on national television.
  12. 12. What do they do? Many people also like to watch Thanksgiving Day parades on television. Big stores in several cities organize these events.
  13. 13. What do they do? Historically, stores have been closed on the holiday. Most people spend the day with their families or friends. Then, many go to stores and shopping malls the following day.
  14. 14. What do they do? In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. People start their Christmas shopping. The Friday after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday.

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