Thanksgiving!

Why and how people celebrate it?

Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated by hundreds of people in Canada and United States. Celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and the fourth Thursday of November in United States, Thanksgiving is an annual feast in which people thank the blessing of the harvest in their land and the 'Almighty God for what He has given to the world and His blessings'. It is considered a major event that seems to be similar with some other celebrations around the world. That day, friends and family get together for a special meal, ceremonies, prayers of thanks and festivities are common. Moreover, in North America is believed that the roots of Thanksgiving are from the great years of the Protestant Reformation.

What are people doing this day?

This day includes family members, close friends, cheers and of course food! The most well-known food of this day is turkey. The meal is completed with stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie and lots of vegetables. Some families choose to serve vegetarian Thanksgiving dinners instead of a stuffed turkey. Some people eat vegetarian turkey, which is made out of tofu. Others prefer to eat squash, salads, or other fruit and vegetable dishes. Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed. Employees can get off work for 4 days. These days are observed to be the most crowded and busy of all. The airports, the roads are full of people going on trips. In addition, it is followed by the day of Black Friday and it marks the start of Christmas holidays.

A weird tradition!

One weird tradition done in thanksgiving is The Wishbone! Some families include breaking the turkey's wishbone as part of their celebration. The wishbone is found attached to the breast meat in the turkey's chest. After the meat has been removed and the wishbone becomes dry and brittle. Each end of the bone is taken by two people who make a wish and pull the bone. Whoever ends up with the larger part of the bone gets their wish!

Fay Lagou, C2