Happy Thanksgiving!

In the US, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. This year, it falls on Thursday, November 23.  It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of «Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,» to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, Grenada, the Philippines, Saint Lucia, Liberia and the Netherlands. However, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Friday after Thanksgiving kickstarts the Christmas shopping season with promotional sales. The day after Thanksgiving was called «Black Friday» in a 1951 journal referring to workers calling in sick in order to have a four-day Thanksgiving weekend.

 

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