Thanksgiving Day In the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands and Liberia, Thanksgiving Day becoming a national holiday occurs on various dates.
It began as a day of giving sacrifice and thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and Brazil, and around the same part of the year in other places.
Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well
WHAT DO PEOPLE DO TO CELEBRATE?
In the United States, the day is a national federal holiday. Most people have the day off as well as the Friday following, making a long weekend for travel and holiday.
There are many things people can do on this day. The first way, most people celebrate this day is by getting together with family and having a large meal. Also, they travel all over the country for large family gatherings on this day.
Many cities have large parades on Thanksgiving Day. Perhaps the largest and most famous parade is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It is widely televised and has been running since 1924. Other cities with big parades on this day include Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
Another popular way to spend the day is watching NFL football. There are generally a number of football games on even though it is Thursday. The Detroit Lions are a traditional team that plays a game nearly every Thanksgiving.