Origin of Thanksgiving Day
Words nearby Thanksgiving Day
What does Thanksgiving Day mean?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada that is traditionally observed with family gatherings and large meals.
It’s commonly just called Thanksgiving. It is observed in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of November, and in Canada on the second Monday of October.
Today, observation of Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is traditionally centered around a large meal, especially one that includes a roast turkey. Other traditional Thanksgiving dishes include mashed potatoes, stuffing or dressing, and pumpkin pie. The association with eating turkey has led to the informal nickname Turkey Day.
The word thanksgiving means the act of expressing or feeling thankfulness. In other words, it’s the act of giving thanks for what you’re grateful for.
Example: My family has a tradition of going on a leisurely hike on Thanksgiving Day to spend some time outdoors before the big meal.
Where does Thanksgiving Day come from?
The first records of the term Thanksgiving Day come from around the 1670s. The word Thanksgiving has been used as the name of a holiday since earlier in the 1600s. The word Day is used in the same way in the names of other holidays, such as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The history of Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is often traced back to the 1621 harvest meal that is believed to have been attended by Pilgrim colonists in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, and members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. While historians do believe that the two groups were in fact present together at that time, many of the details surrounding their relations and the nature of the meeting have been mythologized. There is certainly no evidence that the event was seen as the start of a holiday tradition at the time.
The first official national Thanksgiving holiday was set by President George Washington in 1789, but it was a one-time event. It wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving Day was officially declared as an annual national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln. But the holiday was not connected to the history of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag until later. The holiday remained on the fourth Thursday of November until 1939, when it was moved to the third Thursday of November. It went back to being on the fourth Thursday in 1942.
Thanksgiving became an annual national holiday in Canada in 1879 and was set as the second Monday in October in 1957. Earlier celebrations of Thanksgiving in Canada were inspired by the U.S. holiday.
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What are some synonyms for Thanksgiving Day?
- Turkey Day (informal)
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How is Thanksgiving Day used in real life?
Thanksgiving Day is associated with family gatherings centered around a large meal. Other Thanksgiving traditions in the U.S. include parades, football, and arguments between extended family members.
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— Vincent Schilling (@VinceSchilling) November 14, 2017
Thankful today for so much. The sordid & complicated history of the thanksgiving day holiday gives cause for pause. Thankful we can do better moving forward. #ThanksgivingDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay https://t.co/0gSLj7WhNY
— Troy Goodman (@TroyKGoodman) October 12, 2020
Happy thanksgiving y’all! ❤️
What are some of your favorite thanksgiving day traditions?
My favorite is every year I go over to my grandmas early and set the table for our family dinner!
Normally we have about 10-12 guests but this year we’re a few happy 5 😄 pic.twitter.com/hAxDId9hhz
— RedSiren | Lady Jenna of Glencoe (@RedSirenLive) November 28, 2019
How to use Thanksgiving Day in a sentence
This concludes a seven-day-long Week 12 of the season that began with two Thanksgiving Day games last Thursday.Steelers stay unbeaten, hold off Ravens in rare Wednesday NFL game|Mark Maske|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
The company’s 4K TVs were a top-three most-purchased product on Thanksgiving Day, according to Adobe.‘Improving your ability to cancel’: How advertisers have back-loaded flexibility into their upfront deals|Tim Peterson|December 2, 2020|Digiday
Thanksgiving Day this year saw an increase of over 20% YoY in online sales, hitting a record consumer spend of over $5 billion — and almost half those transactions were conducted on smartphones, another record.Online shopping hits new records over the holiday weekend|Kim Davis|November 30, 2020|Search Engine Land
Hospitalizations in the United States exceeded 90,000 people for the first time on Thanksgiving Day.The Health 202: Obese Americans could be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine|Paige Winfield Cunningham|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
On Thanksgiving Day, hospitalizations in the United States exceeded 90,000 people for the first time.Fears of coronavirus jump intensify in Thanksgiving’s aftermath|Sarah Kaplan|November 28, 2020|Washington Post
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Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
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The proceedings of the day commenced with divine service, performed by Unitarian and Baptist ministers.