On Thursday's fourth, the United States celebrates the — Thanksgiving ( Thanksgiving Day ). This is one of the most popular holidays in the country.
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 by the English colonists who lived in the Plymouth colony. The previous winter was very difficult and hungry, the new winter also promised the colonists little good. Then Governor William Bradford decided to raise the spirit of his subordinates and organized the first Thanksgiving. The holiday was jointly celebrated by British colonists and their Indian neighbors, thanks to which the Plymouth colony survived in the first hungry winter.
The Puritans brought a deep religious meaning — to this holiday in it a way to thank the Most High for their mercies.
Thanksgiving was a national holiday after the relevant decree of the country's first president George Washington in 1789 — he proposed to celebrate it annually on November 26. In 1864, after the end of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November of each year as Thanksgiving, and in 1941 the US Congress passed a bill that legally approved this celebration date.
A number of traditions are associated with Thanksgiving, which Americans sacredly preserve and observe. All family members must go to church, and after the service gather at the festive table.
The second most important attribute of Thanksgiving — turkey. At the first holiday, the colonists and Indians roasted and jointly ate four turkeys shot in the nearest forest. Since then, the turkey and Thanksgiving have become synonymous, poultry farmers feed turkeys specifically for this holiday.
The third attribute of the holiday — the parades ( most of them are costume in 17th century clothes and costumes of the Indians ) and fun.