The old family tradition of getting together and celebrating from across the Atlantic is joining other traditions from the USA like the super bowl and black Friday sales in becoming popular in the land of the Queen.
The last i heard is that it actually has a name that has been coined for it,Britgiving.Yep,don't laugh,but the name actually exists,and right now every 10 in 60 people in UK are reportedly going to be
celebrating the day with the Americans.
Not only that,but the food synonymous for the day such as Cranberry,sweet potatoes,pumpkin pies and turkey have been flying off the shelves in supermarkets.
So what is thanksgiving and how did it become so big in the USA?
The celebration of Thanksgiving is, in general, a feast to give thanks for the fruits of the previous harvest. In America specifically, it dates back to the 1600s.
President Abraham Lincoln was the one who made the day a National holiday in 1863.Before then,the day had been celebrated but was not a national holiday across the country as it is now.Geotge W Bush was the one to start the official pardoning of the Turkey in 1989,turning it into an annual tradition.Before then it has been done sporadically,with President Kennedy being the first in 1963 to pardon the turkey.
|The first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789 was declared by George Washington .|
In Canada on the other hand,it falls on the second Monday of every October since 1957.
New Yorkers have a special way of celebrating the day with the Macy's parade in New York.