Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving Day is an ancient holiday created by the American people. It is also a time for family gatherings. At first, there was no fixed date for Thanksgiving, which was decided by the American States on an ad hoc basis. It wasn’t until 1863, after American independence, that President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. In 1941, the United States Congress officially designated the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. 

Thanksgiving customs

Collective celebration

Every thanksgiving day in the United States, the whole country is very lively, Christians in accordance with the custom to go to church for Thanksgiving prayer, cities and towns everywhere in costume parades, drama or sports competitions. Family members who have been away for a year will return from far and wide, and the family will be reunited to taste the "Turkey"-based Thanksgiving cuisine.


Apart from these activities, some families also drive to the countryside or travel by plane. The Port of Florida, where the immigrants settled, is a popular destination for tourists. There, a replica of the Mayflower and Plymouth rock can be seen, as well as a visit to a settlement village modelled on the original.

Thanksgiving games

Cranberry competition

After thanksgiving dinner, some families often do some traditional games. The first Thanksgiving, people have been dancing, competitions and many other recreational activities, some of which are still in circulation today. There is a game called the cranberry contest, in which a large bowl of cranberries is placed on the floor and 4-10 contestants sit around, each given a needle and thread.

At the beginning of the race, they thread a needle and thread a string of cranberries, and three minutes later, the longest string wins a prize. As for the slowest stringer, he was jokingly given a prize for the worst.

Corn game

There's another corn game that's very old. It is said to have been handed down in memory of the years when five corns were given to every immigrant in times of food scarcity. During the game. People hide five corn in the house, by the people go separately, find corn five people to participate in the competition, the others watch. At the start of the contest, the five people quickly peeled the kernels into a bowl, and the winner, who finished first, gathered around the bowl to guess how many kernels were in it. The closest guess was a large bag of popcorn.

Pumpkin Race

People's favorite game is the Pumpkin race. The runner pushes the Pumpkin with a spoon. The rule is never touch the Pumpkin with your hand. First to the finish wins the prize. The smaller the spoon, the more fun the game is.