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Thanksgiving

Pumpkin PieWhat is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday for giving thanks for whatever it is you’re thankful for that year and celebrating your blessings with a bountiful meal. Traditionally celebrated to give thanks for the food collected at the end of a good harvest season, Thanksgiving originated in 1621 when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared a three-day autumn harvest feast to celebrate the success of their first harvest in the New World. Today, the 1621 feast is acknowledged as the first Thanksgiving.

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When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

How do people celebrate Thanksgiving?

Government offices, schools and businesses are closed on Thanksgiving and sometimes on Friday. People celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family and friends for a delicious meal traditionally consisting of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Did You Know…Each year, the U.S. president “pardons” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys from being slaughtered and sends them to a farm for peaceful retirement.

How much do you know about Thanksgiving? Find out with Thanksgiving: Fact or Fiction.

 

Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com
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