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Thanksgiving Day 2021

Why is Thanksgiving Day celebrated?

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated worldwide on the 4th Thursday of November, and this year it will be celebrated on 25th November. Find out at American Car Center why Thanksgiving is celebrated and what is the significance of the occasion. Continue reading for more information.

Significance of Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. The celebration is also in honor of the first feast held by the English colonists for the Native Americans, thanking them for helping the colonists start a new life in the US. The first Thanksgiving Day feast lasted for three days and was held in October 1621.

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It was President Abraham Lincoln who declared the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. He was convinced of the significance of the feast by Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote multiple letters to five presidents of the US asking them to recognize the importance of the festival in the US.

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Thanksgiving Day is usually celebrated with a grand feast involving various dishes like roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry jam and sauce, fruit punch, and many more. Eating Turkey for Thanksgiving was inculcated by Alexander Hamilton in the 19th century, and notes on serving roasted turkey on this day are referred to on multiple occasions in his records. Today in the US, over 50 million turkeys are served every year, and this tradition has been continued since then.

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