10 Facts About Thanksgiving Day


Annual Thanksgiving Day prayers were dictated by the charter of English settlers upon their safe landing in America in 1619 at Berkeley Hundred in Virginia.

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Antecedents for Canadian Thanksgiving Day are sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France in the 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests.

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Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the "First Thanksgiving", including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.

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Thanksgiving Day proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution.

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Since 1971, when the American Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect, the American observance of Columbus Day has coincided with the Canadian observance of Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the country in large part due to the nation's founding as a colony of the American Colonization Society in 1821 by former slaves and free people of color from the United States.

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In commemoration, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in the Pieterskerk, a Gothic church in Leiden, noting the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World.

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving Day has been a celebration of the blessings of the year, including the harvest.

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On Thanksgiving Day, it is common for Americans to share a family meal, attend church services, and view special sporting events.

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Labor Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in Japan.

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