Thanksgiving Day is observed as a holiday primarily in Canada and in the U.S. In Canada it’s celebrated on the second Monday in October while in the U.S. it’s on the fourth Thursday in November. The celebration traditionally extends through the weekend making a long weekend break for most. It provides us a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for as well as spend some much needed time with our families. All generations embrace this holiday as it holds special meanings for all.
To properly celebrate Thanksgiving we must be in the proper state of mind. Forget the problems in the society such as unemployment, health issues, and poor economy, and cherish the good things in life such as living life with the family, friends, and pets. Thanksgiving is the perfect moment to ponder, reflect, and pause on all that one has experienced through the spring season to enjoy the warmth and love of those important people who will see one through in the coming year.
Historically, it was the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims who celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621. They held a big feast in order to show their gratitude to the good spirits for being alive and for protecting them against diseases and harsh conditions. The Pilgrims also had a Thanksgiving to demonstrate their gratitude for the Wampanoag people for a bountiful harvest and teaching them to make the most of the land. It’s noted that the primary means of survival for the Pilgrims is to have a good harvest in order for them to sustain, and historically, the first Thanksgiving feast said to have lasted for three days.
Today we generally organize a Thanksgiving party with a delicious dinner and great ambience. We often open our homes and hearts to those that fill our world, be they family, neighbors or even new acquaintances.
Take time out this week to truly determine what you have to be thankful for… remember those things all year round.