Washington: Thanksgiving Day 26th November 2015 traditionally kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the United States. The day was set in stone by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941. FDR changed it from Abraham Lincoln’s designation as the last Thursday in November (because there are sometimes five Thursdays in the month).
In this week’s address, the President wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and reflected on America’s history of welcoming men and women seeking a safer, better future for themselves and their families.
On this uniquely American holiday, he recognized the greatness of American generosity, as evidenced by people are the country who use the day to volunteer and give back to others.
Obama shared stories of Americans who, in that same spirit of generosity, have written letters to him expressing their willingness to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL. Like the pilgrims who set sail on the Mayflower nearly four centuries ago, these refugees are looking for safety and another chance.
And it is important to remember that they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States. The President reminded us that providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people is an American tradition, and part of what makes this country the greatest on Earth.
Thanksgiving Day is a national day celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the preceding year. It is celebrated in the Canada and on the in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.
Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States.
There are some delicious Dishes made in this Holiday around world. These are:
Turkey: Ham, goose and duck or turduken (a spatch cocked combo of three whole birds!).
Stuffing: a mix of bread cubes, chopped celery, carrots, onions and sage stuffed inside the turkey for roasting. Chestnuts, chopped bacon or sausage, and raisins or apples are also sometimes included in the stuffing.
Mashed potatoes with gravy/ Sweet potatoes: often served as candied sweet potatoes, sometimes topped with marshmallows.
Cranberry sauce: Plain bread rolls, savoury biscuits or corn bread (popular in the southern US states and some parts of New England)
Pies: pumpkin pies are most common, but pecan, apple, sweet potato and mincemeat pies are also quite popular.
Eating turkey is actually more associated with Thanksgiving than it is Christmas in the States with over 50 million turkeys served up every year in the US. This year, Jihad Douglas, chairman of the National Turkey Federation introduced a pair of turkeys at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel ahead of their ‘pardon’ by President Obama at the White House.