Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:17:58 EST
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday in the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday in the U.S. every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent God the Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
Together with Christmas and the New Years, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
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