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September 20, 2013

Thanksgiving: America’s Fall Break

The fourth Thursday of every November is Thanksgiving in the US. Thanksgiving is a harvest festival and it commemorates the day the 'Native Americans' and Pilgrims befriended each other and shared their first feast together near to Plymouth Rock. 

In this video, I discuss some of the history of the holiday and the foods that are eaten during the Thanksgiving meal (I forgot cranberry sauce and cranberry bread!!). (Looking for more tips on small talk with your colleagues for this day, see this.)

Yep, that day was not one of my most glamourous days, but I did make one more video on that same day discussing why Native Americans (people indigenous to the US) are called Indians. I decided to make this video as when I talk about Thanksgiving to people in India, many ask me why the "original people" of the US are called Indians by some Americans. (As a related note, some people from India may call Native Americans "Red Indians." Please banish this term from your vocabulary. This is highly offensive. This term is now obsolete.)

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