Posted November 25, 2009on:
Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival, traditionally meant as a time to express gratitude for the harvest and in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, on the fourth Thursday of November and on the second Monday of October respectively. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada.
The tradition of giving thanks to God is observed in different ways. Various religious and spiritual organizations offer services and events on Thanksgiving themes on or around this day.
Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, or over the course of the associated weekend in Canada. Friends and family members gather for the dinner at the home of the host, and begin the dinner by saying grace.
The American Christmas season traditionally begins the day after Thanksgiving, it is known as “Black Friday”.
In New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, and televised nationally by NBC. The parade features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching bands. The float that traditionally ends the Macy’s Parade is the Santa Claus float, the arrival of which is an unofficial sign of the beginning of the Christmas season.
Interestingly, American football is forms an important part of many Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States. Professional games are traditionally held on Thanksgiving Day. This tradition is dutifully observed by The National Football League, which plays games on Thanksgiving every year since its creation. This is referred to as the Thanksgiving Classic. The Detroit Lions have hosted a game every Thanksgiving Day since 1934, with the exception of 1939–1944 (due to World War II).
This Thanksgiving, let us pray to the Lord and express our gratitude towards Him for showering us with His love and merciful blessings. Let us thank those people in our lives who have stood by us through thick and thin. God bless you all.
We at Agile Technosys wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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