“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the US and on the second Monday of October in Canada.
Quite unusual for a festival to be celebrated at different days in different countries. However, the concept of the celebration is full of gratitude. It is celebrated by farmer’s to offer thanks to God for the wonderful harvest. And also, generally to offer gratitude to God and each other.
While browsing over the net, out of curiousity about this American holiday, I came across some very interesting facts and events about the history of the Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day was declared an offcial American holiday by Abraham Lincoln, after more than 200 years of the first Thanksgiving celebration that took place in the 16th century.
Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor and author, waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century, was also the author of the classic nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” (Remember the kindergarten days..it was one of my favorite rhymes along with ‘Johny,Johny Yes Papa’ and ‘BaBa Black Sheep’!!!)
Turkey is the official food on the Thanksgiving Day menu, along with Cranberries, Blueberries and Pumpkin Pie. Although, the first Thanksgiving held in 16th Century, was devoid of all these delicacies.
The modern day Thanksgiving celebrations have changed as compared to the earliers days when it was, a part of the tradition of the harvesting season. Thanksgiving now, has also become an opportunity to express gratitude to near and dear ones.
This day and, infact everyday in our lives we should thank god for providing us all that we have, and making us who we are. And, yet have something to be desired for, to keep us moving on !!