Thanksgiving 2017 is celebrated on Thursday, November 23rd in the United States.
When Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?
The exact day for celebrating Thanksgiving is not fixed. It is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November.
In English held parts of North America, the earliest mention of a holiday for thanksgiving dates back to the time of the earliest Virginia settlers around 1610. The more famous Thanksgiving celebration occurred in 1621 with the successful first harvest of the Pilgrims.
Throughout colonial and early American history, various national and state leaders proclaimed holidays for thanksgiving to mark different occasions. For example, George Washington, as the head of the Colonial Army during the Revolution, proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in December 1777, to celebrate the victory at Saratoga.
It was President Abraham Lincoln who proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November 1863. The holiday has been an annual tradition ever since. The day was always the last Thursday in November until 1942, when Congress made it the fourth Thursday of the month, as it continues to be celebrated today.
Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving originated as a religious celebration where community residents gave thanks to God for a bountiful harvest that would give them food for the winter ahead. The holiday
The holiday has evolved into a time to enjoy family and friends over a large meal. The menu usually celebrates the bounty of the harvest as well as certain traditional foods like turkey and cranberries. For many, it remains a day where giving thanks to God is a central part of the celebration.
While Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the United States, it is also celebrated in Canada, Liberia and on some Caribbean Islands. Similar holidays also happen in Japan and Germany. Local observances of Thanksgiving can be found on Norfolk Island in Australia, at certain churches in the Netherlands, and by certain churches and schools in the UK.