With moving to a new country far away from home comes learning new cultures and life styles which you can choose to embrace it, infuse with yours to get a better lifestyle/ culture or disregard it all the same. I have heard about the thanksgiving holiday while I was in Nigeria, but I gave it little or no attention since we don’t celebrate or reference this particular holiday. Moving here I noticed the big hype and gearing up for thanksgiving which is the next holiday after Halloween with big turkey decorations in people’s poach. It is celebrated here just as much as we celebrate Christmas.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It was originally celebrated as an harvest feast; a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on families and friends gathering to share a bountiful meal/dinner and each member saying a little speech on what they are grateful for. Thanksgiving is a four-day or five-day weekend vacation for schools and colleges. Most business and government workers are given Thanksgiving and the day after as paid holidays.
Consequently, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thanksgiving Eve, the night before Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest nights of the year for bars and clubs (where it is often identified by the derogatory name Blackout Wednesday), as many college students and others return to their hometowns to reunite with friends and family.
The day after Thanksgiving is a day off for some companies and most schools, particularly those that remain open on Columbus Day. It is known as Black Friday because it is a popular shopping day. The day after Thanksgiving is also Native American Heritage Day, a day to pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is sometimes called Small Business Saturday, a movement promoting shopping at smaller local establishments. The Monday after Thanksgiving is sometimes called Cyber Monday , as a result of heavy online shopping when people return to their workplaces (which, in the past, typically offered far better internet connectivity). The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is sometimes called Giving Tuesday, to encourage charitable giving.
Thanksgiving reminds us all of the need to be thankful for everything and anything even the thinniest of them all. Psalm 106:1 says it all. Be thankful always lovelies 🙏. Happy Thanksgiving 😚
P.S: Turkey is synonymous to Thanksgiving just has chicken is synonymous to Christmas. I think I am on my journey to getting fat.
Are you thankful to the Lord always and do you think there’s a lot to be thankful for? Please share what you are thankful for I am yearning to know and celebrate with you.