What Does Thanksgiving Mean Today?
Thanksgiving is celebrated in many countries all over the world and different countries have different meanings for it.
If we talk about the United States of America, then here, the meaning of this annual festival is the same as it was in the beginning.
In the US, it is a day of feasting and prayer in the name of the almighty god for the blessings on his children.
Here it is a harvest festival. On this day, Americans say thanks to god for helping them to produce more and more crops.
Along with that, it is also associated with some other pieces of stuff; such as it is celebrated as the joy of victory in a war, the end of a severe drought, successful landings of ships in a new landmass, etc.
[Did You Know? Thanksgiving Is A Christian Puritan Tradition. As A President, The United States 3rd President Thomas Jefferson Refused To Recognize It Because of Its Religious Background]
How Do People In The USA Celebrate Thanksgiving?
In the US, it is a national holiday and one of the most important Christian festivals before Christmas.
Every year, Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday of November. However, the date could be different every year.
In states like New York and Philadelphia, different organizations and people organize amazing parades on this occasion.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is considered the world’s largest parade. This has been happening since 1924 in New York City.
At the night, people with their families and friends have an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, where they have some popular dishes like roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, turkey stuffing, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, etc.
On the first Friday after the fest, the shopping season begins for Christmas and continues for almost a week. The Friday is called “Black Friday”.
[Did You Know? Till 1941, The Exact Day Of The Thanksgiving Celebration Was Still Unsteady. It Had To Depend Upon The US President’s Proclamation]