#278 The History and Meaning of Thanksgiving

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Tom (Being serious): Hey, do we have to send thank you notes to everyone we’ve ever met for Thanksgiving?

James (Laughing): Oh no, it’s not like that! Thanksgiving is more about enjoying turkey and pie with family and friends, not writing thank you notes to everyone!

Hi! Welcome to a special podcast about Thanksgiving! I’m Georgiana, your English teacher, and I want to tell you about Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada. It’s a special day when people express their gratitude for things like family and food.

Why People Celebrate this holiday: Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for good things. Many people have a big meal with family and friends.

When It Is Celebrated: Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. In Canada, it’s on the second Monday of October.

Where It Is Celebrated: People celebrate Thanksgiving in their homes or with family in other places. Others travel to be with family.

What’s the origin of this holiday? Thanksgiving began long ago when Pilgrims from England came to America on a ship called the Mayflower. Pilgrims are people who have a tough journey because of their religion, and these ones came to America so they could practice their religion freely.

When they came to America, it was tough. It was cold, and they didn’t have much food. But Native Americans, showed the Pilgrims how to grow food like corn, beans, and squash.

In 1621, the Pilgrims had a good harvest during the fall because of what they learned from the Native Americans. So they had a big meal together to say thank you and celebrate. The feast is known as the first Thanksgiving.

Since then, Thanksgiving has been a special day when people come together with their families. They usually eat turkey, potatoes, veggies, and pie. Some people also watch parades and football games on TV.

As you can see, Thanksgiving is a wonderful day celebrated in the United States and Canada. Even if you’re from another place, it’s good to remember that Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and enjoying time with your loved ones.

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