Thanksgiving Day: what it is and how it is celebrated

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, which is celebrated this Thursday, is the most important family holiday for Americans. The fourth Thursday of November of each year America’s families come together to give thanks for the freedom they enjoy, home and food.

The origin of this celebration, according to the History Channel, dates back to 1621, when the English newcomers to Plymouth, now Massachusetts, and the Wampanoag Indians, who lived there, gathered to celebrate the fall harvest. That dinner is considered the first Thanksgiving in history.

On October 3, 1863, the then president Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed the last Thursday of November as an American national holiday.

The tradition consists of placing on the table a turkey stuffed with fruits and vegetables accompanied by cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. There are even those who include fish and seafood on the menu.

It is a very special day in the United States, a country with high labor mobility, and family members do everything possible to move to their parents, siblings or the meeting place of the meeting to share with the family, so the previous days the airports and train stations train or bus traffic of people is greater.

Thanksgiving Day has evolved over the centuries mixing tradition, politics, myth and sport.

Regarding sports, National Soccer League (NFL) games are a curfew at these family gatherings. So much so, the NFL holds a game every Thursday night to open the week of activities, but on the fourth Thursday in November three are played.

According to the official website of the NFL, the first game that was already played with the league constituted in this celebration occurred in 1934 between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.

The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, which is associated with this important celebration on the last Friday of November, which opens the Christmas shopping season with significant sales in many retail stores and large stores. warehouses.

Although only November 25 is considered a day of rest, Americans tend to extend the holiday until the weekend to take advantage of generous discounts.

It should be noted that Black Friday is the only one of the traditions associated with Thanksgiving that has crossed borders to become a global phenomenon. This tradition has spread to the Dominican Republic.