Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays. A holiday that is celebrated on every fourth Thursday of the month of November. This day is set aside as a day to spend with loved ones, celebrate with family and give thanks.
Do you know why this day is celebrated?
History of Thanksgiving traditions
Maybe you are wondering how this day came about and why it is celebrated.
This big day is said to have its origin from the Pilgrim’s meal that was carried out at the Plymouth Rock in 1621. It’s said Pilgrims Plymouth colony experienced a difficult winter that was filled with diseases, death and starvation and received assistance from one of the native Americans by the name Squanto and his Patuxet tribe. It’s believed that the Native Americans taught the pilgrims how to grow crops on their own and after they experienced the first fruitful harvest, they celebrated with a feast which today is famously celebrated a the Thanksgiving Day.
When did Thanksgiving Day become an official Day?
Thanksgiving festivals were unceremoniously celebrated throughout the 1600s but did not become an official annual event until the 1700s when every state set aside a special day for the holiday. It was in 1789 when George Washington declared the national celebration of thanksgiving. However, this day did not get an official fixed date until 1983 in the midst of Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November for the day of Thanksgiving. Although dates differ with the state, this day is celebrated to date on every 4th Thursday of the month of November in USA. This is simply how the date became an holiday.
What food do you prepare for your family?
Have you maintained it to the way your parents and grandparents used to do? Do you use their traditional recipes? Or is it time to be a little adventurous and try a few new recipes out and cook one delicious meal that you have always saved for the day.
However, to an ordinary person, the day is not complete without their favorite meal. What are the most commonly cooked foods? Most people will mention turkey at the first instance. Other than roasted turkey, foods like mashed potatoes, maize corn, pumpkin pies and sweet potatoes make the day. As we all know, the list of food that can be cooked on this day is innumerable. Other appetizing foods that are enjoyed are; cranberry sauce, ham, apple cider, buttered rum, fruit cake, mixed nuts, dumplings, fudge and pies.
Thanksgiving day is around the corner. Make it worthwhile by celebrating with family and friends. It’s a day to give thanks and rejoice. Make it count!