“O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness”.
Celebrated on a fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada, Thanksgiving is a national holiday and this day is observed to give thanks for the preceding year’s harvest.
The beginnings of this festival in Canada can be dated back to the seventeenth century French settlers who on the occasion of having a good harvest celebrated this day and shared the food with the natives. Similarly in the U.S, Thanksgiving was brought along with the English Puritan immigrants who as believed by the historians celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
Nowadays however, this festival has become an opportunity for families and friends to get together and spend some quality time with each other. In the U.S it is more of a four day long weekend, where people get off from work and travel from distant places to have dinner with their close ones.
The celebrations and practices of Thanksgiving include coming together of family members and friends in large numbers to have a Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey being the inevitable dish. Other traditional Thanksgiving delicacies include cranberry sauce, pecan pie, Brussels sprouts, etc.
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting”.