We are already in November, one of the most important months for everybody living in the United States because soon we will all celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
In many homes, families are already starting to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday in 2021. This is especially important in 2021, because the Coronavirus pandemic didn’t allow people to meet and reunite with their loved ones last year
However, this year, people will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with much more tranquility and security thanks to the advanced vaccination against Covid-19. Please, follow the recommendations offered by the health authorities to enjoy safe meetings with those you love the most.
If you are already making preparations for Thanksgiving, do you already know exactly what day it will be held this year?
As you already know, Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the eleventh month of the year, that is. In 2021, it will be on November 25.
In many places also the next day, that is Friday, November 26, will be a holiday.
The celebration originated as a “thank you” for the fall harvest. For Americans though, it has another meaning as well, since historically it is considered as the moment when “thanks” are “given” for the founding of the nation.
Origin of Thanksgiving Day
This deep-rooted tradition dates back to 1621 when the Pilgrims gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest at Plymouth Rock. The settlers had arrived in November 1620, founding the first permanent English settlement in the New England region.
This first Thanksgiving was celebrated for 3 days, with the settlers feasting with the natives with nuts, boiled pumpkin, turkey, venison, and more.
The celebration, however, was not repeated until many years later, when in 1789 George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on Thursday, November 26 of that year, thus setting the precedent for celebrating it on the last Thursday of November. Despite this, the holiday was celebrated on different days from one state to another, and Thomas Jefferson later eliminated the holiday.
Thanksgivig Day did not become a national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving from the last Thursday to the penultimate Thursday of November in 1939, as he wanted to do a longer Christmas shopping period to simulate the economy that was still recovering after the Great Depression.