ThanksGiving 2020: Meaning, History, Celebrating Countries, Dates
Thanksgiving Day 2020: It is a national holiday celebrated majorly in the foreign countries of the world. It is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of November mainly in the US. It is a prominent festival in the United States. People outside the US celebrate it in the name of American Thanksgiving day. It is organized in Canada, Brazil, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia and also in the sub-national entities Leiden, Norfolk Island.
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It started as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. People from Germany and Japan also celebrate a similar kind of day. Today, in this article we will know about the True Meaning, Complete History, Cities observing Thanksgiving, and other details.
Thanksgiving Day 2020 True Meaning
Thanksgiving as the name suggests is a day to deliver the heartiest thanks or blessings to the closed ones. People generally organize a get together at their residence and prepare tasty dishes. In this way, they thanks everyone for showing their presence and especially thanking God for what they have in their lives.
The traditional food along with some special dishes is prepared on the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States. The main meal includes roast turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie.
Story of Eating Turkey
If you are seeking Turkey as a country but here comes another fact. During the autumn of 1621, the colonists had hunted Turkey Bird (uniquely American), thus, it has given the priority of thanksgiving meal during the eve.
Thanksgiving Day 2020 History & Holiday Break
Now this section will explain to you the historical aspect of Thanksgiving Day 2020. Why it is being observed each year and why does it call it Thanksgiving Day.
History Behind Thanksgiving
In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans observed an autumn harvest feast that is today acknowledged as the Thanksgiving Celebration Day 2020. It was not observed until 1863, but President Abraham Lincon proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held in November.
The event that Americans generally called the First Thanksgiving was conducted by the pilgrims. They did their first harvesting in their new premises in October 1621. This lasted three days. It was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. In this way, Thanksgiving Day was celebrated.
Holiday Break-in Schools
In 2019, the fourth Thursday was reported on 28th November hence, Thanksgiving Eve was celebrated between 28th to 29th November. But this year i.e. 2020, Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated two days earlier as the fourth Thursday will fall on 26th November 2020. Therefore people will celebrate it between 26th to 27th November 2020.
How Many Countries Celebrates Thanksgiving Day 2020?
There are many countries that celebrate or perform Thanksgiving Meals. The dates to celebrate the day may vary from country to country. But yes, the national holiday is definitely observed in different parts of the world. Here below are the details of the countries celebrating the Thanksgiving Occasion as per their system and traditions.
- United States (US)
- Saint Lucia
- Leiden (Netherlands)
- Norfolk Island (Australia)
Territories of the United States
Dates on Which Countries Observe Thanksgiving 2020:
- The United States & Brazil: 26th November 2020
- Canada: 2nd Monday in October 2020
- Liberia: 1st Thursday in November 2020
- Norfolk Island: Last Wednesday in November 2020
Thanksgiving Day 2021 Dates
October 11, 2021 (Canada);
November 4, 2021 (Liberia);
November 24, 2021 (Norfolk Island);
November 25, 2021 (U.S. and Brazil)
So to sum up, Thanksgiving Day is also making its presence in Asian countries like India. Here the students and people are getting aware of foreign events like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Easters, Christmas, etc. Many of us purchase things from eCommerce websites like Flipkart, Amazon, etc. on Christmas, Black Friday, etc. sale.
Gradually, there might be possibilities that people here in Asian countries start celebrating these festivals. Because many people who have Indian values or are impacted by it has started following the Indian traditions or culture. Therefore, it will be a point of harmony for us too and we can observe these days as a celebration too.