People in the United States, Canada and a handful of other countries around the world are counting down to Thanksgiving – one of their most popular and oldest annual holidays.
The American tradition of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when the pilgrims gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest in Plymouth Rock.
What day is Thanksgiving 2023?
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia.
In the United State, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, which means that this year it falls on Thursday 25 November.
The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “Thanksgivings,” days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
Days of thanksgiving in Canada also originated in the colonial period, arising from the same European traditions, in gratitude for safe journeys, peace, and bountiful harvests.