The Thanksgiving holiday or celebration is in fact celebrated in many countries. Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest related festival and celebrates the harvest when it is completed and the work is done. Worldwide, harvest celebrations are observed with different names and at different times depending on the harvest season of the country. Ask questions here about the origin and traditions surrounding Thanksgiving such as foods served, giving thanks, and parades.
Asked in Thanksgiving, New York City, Macy's
How do you get into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Dancers: In order to participate in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, dancers have to audition and receive an invitation. Auditions for dancers for the 2011 parade were held at New York City's Binary Park on August 27. Any child from 12-16 could audition. Performers pay their own travel expenses plus an $895.00 participation fee. Bands: Bands must fill out an application, which is available at a Related Link below.
Asked in Thanksgiving
What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a time when the Pilgrims came to America and celebrated by having a feast with some Native Americans in the area that helped them get food. It was a huge feast with many people there. Today we celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to get together with family or friends. Turkey is definitely a popular food on Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a feast of thanksgiving, held on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, and the second Monday in October in Canada. Traditionally, it is held to remember the celebration by the Pilgrims of the first harvest in the new North American colony. For more information on the history and original meaning of Thanksgiving, see the related question on how Thankgiving originated. The Pilgrims wanted to invite the Indians and to thank The LORD and Divine Providence for helping them survive in The New World.
Asked in Thanksgiving, Halloween, Utah
Where did trick or treating come from?
The custom of 'trick or treat' probably has several origins, mostly Irish. An old Irish peasant practice called for going door to door to collect money, bread cake, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, apples, etc., in preparation for the festival of St. Columbus Kill. Yet another custom was the begging for soul cakes, or offerings for one's self - particularly in exchange for promises of prosperity or protection against bad luck. It is with this custom the concept of the fairies came to be incorporated as people used to go door to door begging for treats. Failure to supply the treats would usually result in practical jokes being visited on the owner of the house. The tradition started with a fear of the god of the dead taking over the sun on November 1, the Celt's new year. They dressed in costumes to hide from the god and some tried to trick him by putting on demon costumes (this is where the whole "scary costume" thing started). The costumes eventually evolved into what it is now. the reason people give away treats on Halloween is because people were afraid of a certain god (I don't know his/her name) and offered treats in return of leaving them alone. This evolved into people giving this for fun. Halloween was the celebration the farmers did because it was the end of harvest and they traded goods to each other, but if you didn't give you would get a mean trick that could even kill you. There were cultist and on Halloween that warded off evil spirits by wearing mask and lanterns, but instead of a Jack-O'-Lantern they used turnips to scare away the spirits another story of the jack o lantern is that there was a trickster named jack that tricked the devil into climbing up a tree and the devil got stuck, so he cursed Jack's soul to walk in the darkness with just a turnip lantern to guide him. Of course turnips weren't common in the U.S.A so they used Pumpkins And that's the stary of the Jack-O'-Lantern. And if your thinking Halloween is evil its not if any thing the church is evil, the Irish people were visited by the "Saints" and they wanted them to stop worshiping all of their Gods and stop their holidays but the peope loved Halloween and wouldn't give it up. So if you can't beat them join them, so the church made all Hallows Eve.
Asked in WW2 Homefront, Thanksgiving, Macy's
What decade saw an end to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Asked in Boston, Thanksgiving, American Idol
How did Boston's First Night celebration get started?
HISTORY Boston was the first city in the United States to celebrate First Night. It came into existence in 1976 to bring the neighboring communities of the city together in a joint celebration, while providing the public with an alternative way of ushering in the New Year. The commitment of a group of private citizens to these goals marked the beginning of a new tradition: The First Night Celebration. Since 1980, this concept has inspired many communities from Tampa to Honolulu, to start their own First Night Celebrations.
Asked by Frederik Thompson in Turkeys, Turkey Meat, Thanksgiving
Is it true that eating turkey meat can make you tired?
The theory that turkey makes you sleepy stems from the fact that turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan. Our bodies use tryptophan to produce the vitamin B3 or niacin, which is essential to creating serotonin, a neurotransmitter thought to contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness. Serotonin is also the precursor to the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. The truth is that turkey doesn’t contain any more tryptophan than many other meats, and it even contains slightly less than most cheeses. That means it’s unfair to blame your post-dinner coma on turkey alone. So, why do we specifically associate Thanksgiving dinner with feeling sleepy? Probably because we’re eating many foods high in tryptophan during the course of the evening, and that tryptophan is amplified by the carbs from rolls, potatoes, and other savory starches. Not to mention the fact that overeating gives the body more digestive work to do, thus using more energy.
Asked in Home & Garden, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day
How is Thanksgiving back then and Thanksgiving today alike?
Where is the best place to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Bloomington Illinois?
What year was the first Thanksgiving?
Traditionally, the first Thanksgiving was in 1621 is considered to have been observed by the Pilgrims. Although several presidents including Washington declared a one-time observation, it was not made a national holiday until FDR proposed it in 1939. This act was ratified by Congress in 1941. However, the very first Thanksgiving actually occurred before the arrival of the Pilgrims. This festival was completely religious in nature, and did not involve any feasting. On 4 December 1619, a group of settlers from England arrived at Berkeley Plantation on the James River, now known as Charles City, Virginia. This group dedicated this day of their arrival as a Day of Thanksgiving to God Still, the modern Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins from a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. This was continued in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.
Asked in Home & Garden, Thanksgiving
Who were the pilgrims served by when they sat down to eat?
Asked in Thanksgiving
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
It was a normal event each year to fast for a week and then have a dinner to celebrate the harvest. The Pilgrims called it Homeharvest. In 1621 they had their first good harvest and had their dinner. Our view of this event comes from 1700’s artists renditions of what happened. It was Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863.