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Thanksgiving Day: What is it and how is it celebrated?

Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, is the most wonderful day of the year. Christmas songs try to say otherwise but, certainly, there is nothing better than to express gratitude for all that you have in your life, be with your loved ones and eat one of my favorite classic Thanksgiving dishes, the pumpkin pie.

The tradition of Thanksgiving began with the feast that made the pilgrims to celebrate their first harvest in the New World (America) and although the festival is still quintessentially American (Canadian celebrate too, but at a later date), it is very easy to participate if you master the basics with our Thanksgiving guide for beginners in which we will tell you what it is and how it is celebrated:


The turkey should be the center of attention, either roasted, grilled or fried. Note that usually takes several hours to cook, so make sure you start early. When the turkey is in the oven, starting with everything else …

Other things are also important

It’s not the Thanksgiving Day if no filler corn, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and apple pie with a giant ball of vanilla ice cream on top (here are some classic recipes). Pumpkin pie is a must too and, despite the pumpkin is the main ingredient, is actually a sweet dessert!


This part is very easy to do. Add 200 grams of sugar, 200 milliliters of water and 1000 grams of cranberries in a pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve cold and impress everyone.


Thanksgiving Day is the official start of the Christmas season, which means it is completely acceptable to put the album Home for Christmas Dolly Parton and try again memorize The 12 Days of Christmas.


The Thanksgiving Day is based on gratitude. In my family the tradition is that everyone at the table to share something last year so be grateful. It is always emotional and unites us all in a very nice way.

Gobble, gobble! And do not forget, finishing the day with a food coma for having eaten so much is a proud tradition in the place that I come!

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Why, when and how is Thanksgiving Day celebrated?

Why is it celebrated?

In 1620 pilgrims traveled from England to America in the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth. They are escaping the constraints of the Church of England and also of poverty. They could be considered the first immigrants in North America.

Massachusetts native Indians received them amicably and shared their knowledge of pilgrims on this earth crops and taught them to hunt and cure the meat of animals in the area.

To celebrate they had survived a hard winter and had a bountiful harvest that would help them face the next, the pilgrims held a big dinner. They invited the Native Americans to thank for their help. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted several days. Both the Indians and the Pilgrims shared food, drink and fun.

When is celebrated?

The first US president, George Washington declared the first Thanksgiving Day on February 19, 1795. Later, Abraham Lincoln chose October 3, 1863 as a day of reflection and thanksgiving.
President Theodore Roosevelt in 1941 changed the day of Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November, which is still the day when the holiday is celebrated.

How is Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States?

It is a family celebration in which people even travel to another state to join his family. As in the United States are independent of each other in Latino families, they make the effort to meet at least once a year. It is one of the most important celebrations in the United States and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The next day, Friday, is called Black Friday, where there are discounts in stores, in preparation for the season ahead gifts. Now there are also reductions in the virtual stores on the Internet that day.

The Thanksgiving menu:

The traditional menu is roast turkey, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes and glazed carrots or green beans and rolls accompaniment. The typical dessert is the pumpkin pie or pecan. Many restaurants offer a special menu that day, and also some supermarkets and delis sell the traditional menu and cooked. You can order and pick it up a few days before the morning of Thanksgiving. If you’re cooking at home, you can customize the menu of thanksgiving as you want, give a Latin touch.

Do I have to celebrate it if I’m not American?

It never hurts to celebrate a day of thanksgiving a year. Many Latinos living in the United States celebrate who were welcomed here in this country and managed to meet their professional and personal dreams. You can use this day to teach your children about the origins of American celebrations, tell them about the traditions of your culture and help raise them as bicultural.

Ideas for Thanksgiving Day

  1. Meet with family and friends and, if possible, invite people who have no family in this country.
  2. Try to help others less fortunate. Make a donation to an organization that helps people without resources or perform volunteer in a shelter.
  3. Deal with your children a list of blessings. Actually this is something you can do throughout the year to raise children respectful and grateful.
  4. Host a meal in which each participant brings a dish typical of their country. It is not necessary to follow the traditional menu. The important thing is to share a special day with family and friends.
    This day many families decorate your Christmas tree or put birth.






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10 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving” is around the corner. In Anglo-Saxon countries like the US and Canada it is one of the most common festivities in which the lack of roast turkey, cakes and a family atmosphere is forbidden. It is not linked to any religion but rather to think of the things you are grateful.


There are many stories day after Thanksgiving, certainly you do not expect it! Here are ten of them:

  1. When the English settlers and Native Americans ate together after the first harvest, they ate lobster, seals and swans. Something very different to what we now eat on this day: turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
  2. This day was not a national holiday in the US until 1863, later more than 200 years that the English settlers came to Massachusetts.
  3. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day holiday, President Roosevelt (1941) decided to be held on the fourth Thursday of November.
  4. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Because Canada is farther north than the United States, so the harvest ends almost two months earlier.
  5. The first was held in Canada was in 1879, but only the current date is set at 1957.
  6. Two of the dishes normally eaten at Thanksgiving are natives of America: The turkey and cranberries. Sometimes pumpkins and sweet potatoes are also used.
  7. The first parade in New York was in 1924 when employees of Macy Animal Zoo Central Park through the streets of Manhattan. Snoopy balloon always appears in the parade to commemorate the moment.
  8. Between 1939 and 1941, Texas and Colorado celebrating Thanksgiving twice in November, because governments could not decide which day celebration.
  9. Many Thanksgiving dinners end with people in the hospital for indigestion. In English it is called “food coma” for the dream you have after such feasts. Some say it is caused by a chemical in turkey, tryptophan, others say it’s only for going to eat.
  10. Although the Pilgrims came to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, they had planned to arrive in New York City at the mouth of the Hudson River.






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In which countries is Thanksgiving celebrated?

Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate one of the most popular traditional festivals: the day of Thanksgiving. This will greatly draws attention to many, as often thought that it is a celebration that belongs only to North America. Have not you ever wondered where they celebrated Thanksgiving or if anything is as important outside that territory? Well today we will learn various aspects of the day of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day

To better understand why the day is celebrated Thanksgiving in countries where this is done, let’s start talking about what is in itself. Primarily and historically it is a festival of religious nature related to crops. Essentially and beyond the different ways in which it is carried out, for example today, this is it and actually held in various parts of the world.

Why? Because the festivities of this type have been developed from ancient times to celebrate a good harvest and a productive year between family and loved ones. Although different countries are held at different times and in different ways, the origin of the celebration is often attributed to the North American region, particularly the United States and Canada.

On this day, the whole family gets together and a great feast for dinner is prepared. At dinner each participant welcomes your blessings: it is thanks to God for the bounty of the year, as well as the loved ones and family members who have provided support in the course of it. The banquet usually consists of a main and traditional dish, for example in the United States with a particular turkey cornbread stuffing and sage, accompanied by sauces or jellies sweets and many vegetables are prepared, as well as nuts and fruits dry.

Countries which celebrate Thanksgiving Day

The day of Thanksgiving in the US

As already he mentioned, even though virtually all cultures have a celebration exactly or very similar to this, undeniably, none is as popular as the US. In the US Thanksgiving Day (Thanksgiving Day) is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Another country with tradition this celebration is Canada, although there is celebrated on the second Monday of October.
What happens elsewhere in the world

Moreover it is noteworthy that, in its way, is also celebrated in several parts of India, where the party takes names as Thai Pongal, Baisakhi, Lohri and Onam, among others. It is not completely the same festival and although all have a background that itself may be considered identical, each is very different from another.

Perhaps most interesting, at least I so consideré- it is that Thanksgiving Day is also celebrated in parts of Asia. Examples are the celebrations of crops in China, Malaysia and Korea. However, there is something that characterizes all these alike and is the harmonious and peaceful atmosphere of gratitude, peace, peace and love of family.







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Original Recipes with corn for Thanksgiving Day

Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first winter was very hard for them. But next fall, they got a good harvest of the seeds they planted. They decided to celebrate with a big dinner, including Indians who had helped them survive the first year.

Origins of Thanksgiving Day

The men went hunting to get meat for dinner. It is not known for sure if turkeys were part of the meal, as they used the term “turkey” for any kind of wild bird. Another kind of food we usually have for Thanksgiving Day is the pumpkin pie. There are very few chances that this food was part of the menu of the first Thanksgiving celebration. Flour reserves had been used, so there was no bread or pastries of any kind. There were enough pumpkins, for they grew in the field. There was also no milk, cider, potatoes, or butter. There were no cows to produce milk and newfound potatoes, many still believed were poisonous. For these reasons, dinner included fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, corn, clams, venison and plums.

In the past, Thanksgiving Day was not celebrated every year. Even it was not until June 1676 that another Day of Thanksgiving was held. Thanksgiving Day was officially proclaimed by President Lincoln in 1863, to be held the last Thursday of November. In 1941 Thanksgiving Day was officially declared by the United States Congress a holiday, to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

What food did people eat on the first celebrations of Thanksgiving Day?

Corn cultivation was very important for the Pilgrims and the indigenous natives. It was the main course and consumed in every single food. There were many varieties of corn – white, blue, yellow and red.

Some amount of corn was dried to preserve it and keep it as food for the winter months. Corn flour could be used to make cornbread, corn pudding, corn syrup, or could be mixed with beans to make succotash (cooking whole grain maize)

The Pilgrims did not know the corn before meeting the Indians. The Indians gave the Pilgrims corn seeds and taught them how to grow corn. Currently they cultivate more hectares of corn than any other grain.

Recipes for Thanksgiving Day using corn

We all eat corn prepared in many different ways, especially for Thanksgiving Day. The following is a recipe using corn flour and corn.

Easy Corn Casserole

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 can of 8 3/4 ounces of corn kernels
  • 1 can of corn 8 3/4 ounces cream
  • 1 package of 8 1/2 ounces of mix pancitos (muffins) of corn
  • 8 ounces of regular sour cream or low-fat
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Empty them into a mold for 8-inch square baking, spray with oil. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until cooked.

Popcorn balls marshmallow (angels)

  • 12 cups of popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) of angels (marshmallows)
  1. Put popcorn (popcorn) in a bowl or pan and set aside. Heat in the oven at low heat butter and marshmallows in a thick sauce pan.
  2. Turn the heat to low. Stir constantly until mixture (butter and marshmallows) melts and observe very thin. Now, put the melted marshmallows over popcorn and mix gently until the popcorn are well coated. You can make figures. (Put some butter on your hands so that the mixture does not stick to your hands.)





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