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"The First Thanksgiving", painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930).
"The First Thanksgiving", painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930).
Thanksgiving Day
Observed by Canada, United States
Type National
Date Second Monday in October (Canada) Fourth Thursday in November (U.S.)
2008 date October 13, 2008 (Canada) November 27, 2008 (U.S.)
2009 date October 12, 2009 (Canada) November 26, 2009 (U.S.)

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. The date and whereabouts of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention, though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on 8 September, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida.[1] Despite any scholarly research to the contrary, however, the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plimoth Plantation, in 1621. Look up Thanksgiving in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x688, 752 KB) The first Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris File links The following pages link to this file: Thanksgiving ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x688, 752 KB) The first Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris File links The following pages link to this file: Thanksgiving ... Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) was an American artist who painted The Eve of Discovery, showing a caravel as it may have appeared in the 1400s. ... Political highlights of North America North America is the third largest continent in area and the fourth ranked in population. ... Vacation redirects here. ... Harvest festivals around the world: Chuseok: Korea Dongmaeng: Korea Erntedank: Germany Gawai Dayak: Malaysia Harvest festival: United Kingdom Kaamatan (May 30-31), Sabah in Malaysia Makar Sankranti: India Maras Taun: Belitung in Indonesia Mid-Autumn Festival: China Nabanna: Bengal region which comprises West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh Onam: celebrated by... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Stub | Living museums | Plymouth County, Massachusetts ...


Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.

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Canada

Main article: Thanksgiving (Canada)

For the American holiday, see Thanksgiving (United States). ...

United States

For the Canadian holiday, see Thanksgiving (Canada). ...

Grenada

In Grenada there is a national holiday of Thanksgiving Day on 25 October. It is unrelated to holidays in the United States and Canada even though it bears the same name. It marks the anniversary of the US-led invasion of the island in 1983 in response to the illegal deposition and execution of Grenadan Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.[2] is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants  United States  Antigua and Barbuda  Barbados  Dominica  Jamaica  Saint Lucia  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Grenada  Cuba Commanders Ronald Reagan Joseph Metcalf H. Norman Schwarzkopf Hudson Austin Pedro Tortolo Strength 7,300 Grenada: 1,500 regulars Cuba: about 722 (mostly military engineers)[1] Casualties 19 killed; 116 wounded[2... Maurice Bishop Maurice Rupert Bishop (May 29, 1944 – October 19, 1983) was a Grenadian revolutionary leader. ...


Amerindians

Ohenton Kariwatehkwen (The Thanksgiving Address)

The Thanksgiving Address is a process which has gone on for thousands of years. It is an oral tradition that gets passed down from generation to generation which still goes on to this day. The Thanksgiving Address is called the (Ohenton Kariwatekhwen) O-Honn-Doo Ga-Re-Wa-Deh-Gwonh. In the (Kanien'Keha:ka) Ga-Kneeu'-Gay-Haa] language this means the words that come before all else.


See also

The centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving in the United States is a large meal, centered around a large roasted turkey. ... For other uses, see Festival (disambiguation). ... Harvest festivals around the world: Chuseok: Korea Dongmaeng: Korea Erntedank: Germany Gawai Dayak: Malaysia Harvest festival: United Kingdom Kaamatan (May 30-31), Sabah in Malaysia Makar Sankranti: India Maras Taun: Belitung in Indonesia Mid-Autumn Festival: China Nabanna: Bengal region which comprises West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh Onam: celebrated by...

References

  1. ^ USA Today article reporting research into the purportedly first Thanksgiving in St. Augustine, FL
  2. ^ Grenada Board of Tourism official website

Further Reading

  • Cheney, Glenn Alan, Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America, (New London: New London Librarium, 2007) ISBN: 978-0-9798039-0-1
  • Philbrick, Nathaniel, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, (New York: Viking, 2006) ISBN: 0-670-03760-5

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