A tradition that unites us!
The origin of Thanksgiving dates back to November 1621 when the Massachusetts pilgrims thanked God for that year’s harvest with a dinner they shared with the Native Americans, who had taught them to sow and harvest the land.
However, it was in 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln officially proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
This tradition is a special moment to give thanks, but also to welcome the Christmas season and celebrate a long weekend with loved ones.
In most American homes, the Thanksgiving celebration brings the family together to cook and share a hearty meal with family and friends.
The turkey is never missing on Thanksgiving Day and has become almost synonymous with the holiday, so much that almost 90 percent of Americans eat the bird, either roasted, baked, or fried. Thanksgiving dinner includes other traditional dishes such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
When gathering as a family, it is a tradition to bless the table with a prayer before the banquet. One of the most beautiful and traditional ways to bless the table on Thanksgiving is through these words: “Bless this food, oh Lord. Thank you for your many blessings, this Thanksgiving”.
Thanksgiving is a date to share blessings and good wishes. On this day many volunteer their time to nonprofits that organize activities and food campaigns to offer free dinners to the less fortunate.
In short, the celebration of Thanksgiving is one of the most popular and endearing holidays in the United States, an ideal time to reconcile, find peace in our hearts and express gratitude.
Remember to take a moment to reflect and give thanks for everything you have:
Family, who always supports you.
Friends, who are now part of the family.
Work, for having a place that gives you the opportunity to support your family.
Give thanks for all you have and keep fighting to fulfill your dreams.