Today, Nov.25, millions of Americans are celebrating the Thankingday.
On this date every year, American families celebrate this special day by coming together and by thanking God for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
As an annual tradition, the Americans hold a massive dinner banquet to celebrate the holidays together with their Kins and friends.
The main meal of the Thankingday is Turkey and it is included in the traditional feast. They also take this occasion to confer words of praise upon their predecessors for bringing them the prosperity that they are enjoying today. In addition to this, they write down what they are thankful for and then read aloud from the pieces of paper.
And what makes it even more interesting is that the current President of the US pardons the Thanksgiving turkey on the morning of the celebrations, a ritual that has been followed for generations every year.
As a part of the day’s festivities, the world’s largest Thanksgiving parade known as ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City.
In New York, people were already gathering there at 9 am, many of them holding small national flags, wearing red and blue T-shirts, alongside folk costumes and with national flag patterns painted on their faces.
This massive show attracts several tourists. It consists of dancers, marching bands, and giant cartoon balloons.
During some Thanksgiving celebrations, some American schools also take this occasion as momentum in organizing special events for students to participate in classroom activities that focus on the topic of peace, and thankfulness.
The students learn about the holiday by coloring in pictures of Pilgrims and turkeys and the Mayflower, the ship the colonists arrived on.
As a part of official celebrations, U.S. President Joe Biden gave a speech during a ceremony marking the beginning of the holidays season in the country. He expressed his gratitude to the farmers and frontline workers for their dedicated service and their vital role in developing the nation’s economy.
“We are grateful for the farmworkers and frontline workers, many of whom are immigrants, who make sure our food is harvested and shipped, keep our grocery stores stocked, and keep our cities and towns clean and safe.”
It’s worth mentioning that this annual celebration is held to recognize and cherish the blessings and sacrifices of the previous year. It also represents the first Thanksgiving feast that was shared between colonists, later known as Pilgrims, and the Wampanoag Indians in Massachusetts.