Nov 8, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day can mean different things to each individual.  It can mean a time to get together and share stories on what you are grateful for, meeting up with friends, providing charity to those who are in need, etc.  Thanksgiving traces it roots back to 1621 celebration at Plymouth which is now present day MA.  The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists' leaders on the anniversary of the settlement.  The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.  Thanksgiving celebrated on the same date by all states was in 1863 by presidential proclamation. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 20th century.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth  and not the final Thursday in November.

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