The fourth Thursday of every November is Thanksgiving, the US Harvest Festival. Thanksgiving is a harvest festival (similar to Pongal or Onam in India). It commemorates the day the Native Americans and Pilgrims befriended each other and shared their first feast together near to Plymouth Rock in the state of Massachusetts.
Typically most Americans have the Thursday off as well as Friday (Black Friday), to make it a four day weekend. School kids also tend to have off Thursday and Friday, going back to school on Monday. Sometimes, Wednesday is a day off, too.
It is completely acceptable to wish Americans a Happy Thanksgiving.
Note Thanksgiving in the US is on the 4th Thursday of November, while it is on the 2nd Monday in Canada (the second Monday in the US tends to be Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day depending on the state).
Thanksgiving, America’s harvest festival, falls on the fourth Thursday of November. In this blog, let’s watch a few videos of Americans celebrating this secular holiday.
Click on the title of the section to go to YouTube to watch the video.
Americans Express Gratitude on Thanksgiving Holiday
See how two average American families celebrate Thanksgiving. In this video, one can see the kinds of foods Americans eat on this holiday including turkey, cranberries and other main courses. Also, you can learn about how Americans show their thanks on Thanksgiving and how they make wishes.
When is Thanksgiving in the USA?
2020- November 26
2021- November 25
2022- November 24
2023- November 23
2024- November 28
2025- November 27
What about Thanksgiving in Canada?
Yes, there is a Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Some refer to it as Canadian Thanksgiving. It is also a harvest festival, though it is celebrated on the second Monday of October (when Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day is commemorated in the USA).
Updated 2019, 2020
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