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The Thanksgiving holiday or celebration is in fact celebrated in many countries. Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest related festival and celebrates the harvest when it is completed and the work is done. Worldwide, harvest celebrations are observed with different names and at different times depending on the harvest season of the country. Ask questions here about the origin and traditions surrounding Thanksgiving such as foods served, giving thanks, and parades.
Asked in Thanksgiving, US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln
When did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?
President Lincoln signed a proclamation in 1863 asking "all Americans to ask God to "commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife" and to "heal the wounds of the nation." He made the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. Congress would riot make Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1870. The first official US holidays were declared by Congress on June 28, 1870. New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas...
Asked in Thanksgiving
When where and how did Thanksgiving originate?
The original Thanksgiving appears to have been an offshoot of the harvest festivals, or harvest-home ceremonies, in England. During these ceremonies, people set aside days specifically for the purpose of thanking God for their plentiful harvest. There were also Thanksgiving harvest festivals in some European nations, such as the Erntedankfest in Germany, a tradition still continued today. It remains hotly debated where and when the first Thanksgiving actually came about. Thanksgiving is traditionally associated with the arrival of the Pilgrims. During the early 17th century,...
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In what year was Thanksgiving declared a national holiday?
The first proclamation was issued by George Washington during his first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as "A Day of Publick(sic) Thanksgiving and Prayer." Signed by Washington on October 3, 1789 and entitled "General Thanksgiving," On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for the observance of the fourth Tuesday of November as a national holiday. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of November (to extend the Christmas shopping season and...
Asked in Thanksgiving, Dance
What is the traditional Thanksgiving dance?
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What US president made Thanksgiving a national holiday?
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both made proclamations to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, it was not a fixed holiday with states celebrating on different days. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863. He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November. That made the first true national autumn Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in...
Asked in Thanksgiving, Commercials, Macy's
What channel is Seattle's Macy's Parade on?
The Macy's Thanksgiving parade in 2011 will be held on Tuesday, November 24th, 2011 at 9am - 12pm EST. It will be broadcasted LIVE on NBC. The channel for NBC will be different for most people so I can not say a specific channel number. ...
Which American President established Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863. He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November. That made the first true national autumn Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. He did it partially to help soothe the national mood, which was weary of the Civil War. He declared Thanksgiving again for...
Asked in Relationships, Thanksgiving
What is the best theme for unity and Thanksgiving?
The best theme is love. And that theme should be manifested by our acceptance and support for all people, even those whose beliefs are different, whose skin color is different, whose sexual orientation is different. By loving and accepting all people we become a unified society of people. ...
Asked in Thanksgiving, Synonyms and Antonyms, Iditarod
What is another name sometimes given for Thanksgiving?
I've heard a lot of people call it Turkey Day, but I'm not sure if nicknames like that is what you mean ...
Asked in Dallas Cowboys, Thanksgiving, Fundraising
What is the name of the charity fundraising campaign kicked off by the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day?
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Kickoff campaign is annually showcased at halftime of the nationally televised Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. The featured performer on November 25, 2010 will be country performer Keith Urban. ...
Why is the Shrek balloon being retired from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?
The popular trilogy Shriek is being retired so is the big green inflatable Guy. ...
Asked in Thanksgiving, New York City, Macy's
How do you get into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Dancers: In order to participate in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, dancers have to audition and receive an invitation. Auditions for dancers for the 2011 parade were held at New York City's Binary Park on August 27. Any child from 12-16 could audition. Performers pay their own travel expenses plus an $895.00 participation fee. Bands: Bands must fill out an application, which is available at a Related Link below....