This Thursday marks one of the most cherished and important holidays in the US, Thanksgiving. When it comes to quintessential American festivities, Thanksgiving is as good as it gets.

Thanksgiving in America is world renowned for three reasons: family, food and football. It’s a time for family and friends to unite and reflect on the people that matter most.

Family Thanksgiving MealIt is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and is a federal holiday in the US. Allowing people to have the day off to celebrate the national holiday. The Thanksgiving celebration traditionally kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the US.

The History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. The holiday’s history dates back to the 1600s, to a celebration at the Plymouth Plantation. The Pilgrims- refugees from England – invited local Native Americans to a feast after a particularly successful harvest.

The celebration spread throughout the country, however it was celebrated on different days of the year until George Washington in 1789, declared the first national Thanksgiving Day. He declared it as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”

The Thanksgiving Feast

The main dish of the holiday is Turkey, that is roasted all day in the oven. Other traditional dishes include mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and sweet potato pie. For dessert pumpkin pie is a firm American favourite.

TurkeyThe extravagant meal is traditionally eaten with an entire extended family, however in recent years “friendsgiving” – celebrating with a large group of friends – has become increasingly popular.

A huge component to Thanksgiving is spending time with the people that you are thankful for. During the meal families and friends will go around the table taking turns to express what each individual is thankful for in their lives. Friendsgiving

What else goes on on Thanksgiving day?

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade runs all morning and features numerous colourful floats, costumes and balloon characters travelling through the streets of Manhattan.

Macys Thanksgiving ParadeOnce the parade is complete it’s over to America’s favourite sport, American football. Playing and watching the sport is one of the longest held Thanksgiving traditions, it is also one of the biggest days in the football calendar.

Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Whether you are celebrating in the US, UK or anywhere in the world use DialAbroad to stay connected with those people who matter most to you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know that 46 million turkeys are eaten in the U.S on Thanksgiving Day alone!

U.S Turkey Production Over Time | FindTheData

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