Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States and Canada, and people celebrate Thanksgiving on this day. Similar celebrations are held in other parts of the world; In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and in Canada on the second Monday in October. Thanksgiving is rooted in the religious and cultural beliefs of the people.
After-harvest celebrations and Thanksgiving are held in almost every region of the world and among every ethnic and religious group. Thanksgiving has its roots in the Middle East, but its celebration in North America has its roots in English customs and became popular after the Protestant Reformation.
The origins of the first Thanksgiving in the United States go back to a document that dates back to 1621. This year, a celebration was held in present-day Massachusetts to thank the harvest. The migration of pilgrims from England to the United States also led to a number of traditional British celebrations being moved with them to the United States and to their residence in New England. For this reason, several different days were celebrated in New England for Thanksgiving, which today is known as the "Early Thanksgiving". Shortly afterwards, Thanksgiving was officially celebrated in 1623, but New England did not accept a specific date until about 1660, and it was celebrated on different dates.
Until 1682, the Church was the authority to declare Thanksgiving, but later the local government did the same with the church before the American Revolution. After the American Revolution, the announcement of this day was influenced by political factors. The Continental Congress, George Washington and John Hancock each had their own declaration. George Washington, as President of the United States, also read the first American National Declaration of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1789.
By law, this holiday is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November each year.
On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to announcing Thanksgiving, the President of the United States pardons a turkey. By doing this, the turkey will have the right to continue its life freely on the farm (or sometimes in the White House yard).
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Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on different days throughout history. From the founding fathers of America to the time of Abraham Lincoln, the date of the celebration varied from state to state. Early Qara