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Thanksgiving Day in United StatesThanksgiving Day in the United States started as away of giving thanks to food collected from a good harvest or problems that were fixed. It originated in 1621 and was a religious festival, but is now largely secular. It is now a holiday on the fourthThursday of November.
Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States.What do people do?It is traditional for families and groups of friends to get together for a large meal. This oftenconsists of a turkey, stuffing, different types of potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy and maize and other seasonal vegetables. The meal also often includes pumpkin pie. Many of these foods are native tothe Americas and were not available in Europe at the time of the first settlers. This adds to their symbolism of giving thanks for a good harvest in a new country. In some cities and towns, paradesare held on Thanksgiving Day. Some are a way of opening the Christmas shopping season. A lot of football games are played and watching them is a popular activity. As many people have a four-dayweekend, it is a popular time for making trips, particularly to see out-of-town friends and family. Historia La fiesta está íntimamente relacionada con los primeros eventos de la colonización inglesa en elNuevo Mundo. En 1620 un grupo de colonizadores protestantes ingleses, que posteriormente serían conocidos como Pilgrims, viajó a América a bordo del barco Mayflower. Desembarcaron en el mes denoviembre, a fines del otoño septentrional, en la costa de Massachusetts (en la costa este de Estados Unidos) cumpliendo sus propósitos al establecer la Colonia de Plymouth. El riguroso invierno en esaslatitudes les tomó por sorpresa, sin tener tiempo para prepararse para duras condiciones de privación y frío. Del centenar de peregrinos no sobrevivieron la mitad de ellos. Los que lo lograron, debieron...
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