Why is Thanksgiving Day celebrated in the United States?
Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS, brings answers to the question of why Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the United States. This year Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on the 25th of November 2021. Continue reading for a quick look at the history behind the Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the United States.
History of Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in various nations, including the United States, Canada, Liberia, Saint Lucia, and Grenada, to name a few. This day began as a day of giving thanks and expressing gratitude for the blessing of the harvest and the year gone by. Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, the people of the United States celebrate this day as Thanksgiving Day.
The English traditions of Thanksgiving Day take root in the era of the Protestant Reformation. In the 1620s and 1630s, when the Pilgrims and Puritans emigrated from England, they carried on their traditions of Days of Thanksgiving and Days of Fasting over to New England.
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In the year 1619, thirty-eight English settlers arrived at Virginia who were instructed by a dictate from their London Company which stated that the day of the arrival of their ships should be kept holy and celebrated as a day of thanksgiving to the Lord Almighty. This is the earliest tradition of the Thanksgiving Day celebration. Over time the practice of Thanksgiving has been credited to many reasons until President George Washington, who in the year 1789 conducted the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration in America and declared that the day was to be celebrated in the coming years as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer and acknowledgment of the many favors received from the Almighty God.
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