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Time: 2023-11-23 Hits: 27

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that makes us feel the beauty and warmth of life, it has a rich historical and cultural background, but also has a variety of celebration ways and meanings. Let's explore the origin and meaning of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1621, when a group of Puritans, also known as "pilgrims," came to North America from England and established a colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They suffered famine and disease in their first winter, and many died. Fortunately, they had the help of the local Indians, the Wampanoag, who taught them how to grow corn, pumpkins, beans and other crops. In the autumn of the following year, they had a rich harvest of food and decided to have a great celebration to thank God and the Indians for their grace. This was the first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day has gradually become an important holiday in the United States, usually celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year. Thanksgiving is not only a time for family reunion, but also a time to express gratitude and respect for life, society, country, faith, etc. Thanksgiving has many traditions and customs, such as:

Eat Turkey: Turkey is a staple of Thanksgiving dinner and is usually served with condiments such as pumpkin pie, tacos, and cranberry sauce. Turkey is a symbol of abundance and contentment and is one of the national birds of the United States.

Watch football: Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States, and several important football games are played on Thanksgiving Day each year, the most famous of which is the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. A lot of people watch these games on TV or organize some friendly games themselves.

Participate in the parade: The parade is a joyous and lively form, every year there are many parades held on Thanksgiving Day, one of the most famous is the Macy's department store in New York City organized Thanksgiving Day parade. The parade began in 1924 and is watched or attended by millions of people every year. There will be various floats, balloons, bands, stars and other performances in the parade.

Thanksgiving Day is not only a holiday with historical and cultural connotations, but also a holiday with social and psychological functions. It can help us:

Strengthening social cohesion: Thanksgiving is a holiday that transcends race, class, geography, politics, etc. It is a day when people forget their differences and conflicts and come together to celebrate the founding and growth of the United States as a nation. On this day, people will also care about the communities and organizations they belong to, participate in some voluntary service and charity activities, and help those in need. It is also a time to honor and appreciate the service members and heroes of the United States and to support their contributions to the peace and security of the nation and the world.

Strengthen family relations: Thanksgiving is a holiday that values the interaction and communication between family members. On this day, people will spend time with their parents, children, spouses, brothers and sisters and other loved ones, share their life experiences and feelings, and solve their family problems and conflicts. On this day, people will also pass on their family traditions and culture, tell their family history and stories, and cultivate their family honor and identity. It is also a day for people to educate their next generation, impart their family ideas and values, and cultivate their sense of responsibility for society and the country.

Improve personal character: Thanksgiving is a personal emotional and psychological holiday, on this day, people will reflect on what they have done in the past year, be thankful for everything they have, and be grateful for everything they have encountered. On this day, people will cultivate their gratitude mentality, learn to cherish and respect, learn to pay and return, learn to meet and optimistic.

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