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
- Meet with family and friends and, if possible, invite people who have no family in this country.
- Try to help others less fortunate. Make a donation to an organization that helps people without resources or perform volunteer in a shelter.
- Deal with your children a list of blessings. Actually this is something you can do throughout the year to raise children respectful and grateful.
- 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.