According to Wikipedia thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations, such as Liberia that, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving observes thanks on the first Tuesday of November. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
American history shows that the 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest that year. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to what is now known as New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that has been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”.
Thanksgiving in the U.S. is the one holiday that is celebrated by every family in the U.S., regardless of race, religion and nationality. It is also the biggest traveled holiday in the country. The day is usually referred to as ‘Turkey Day’, but it extends far beyond the consumption of baked or roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. It is traditional for some families to have everyone around the table take turns in stating why he or she is thankful. The reasons for being thankful vary from each member of the family. With that in mind, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation wants to share with you why we at the organization are thankful this Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of the survivors of FGM who are willing to stand with us in our campaign to end the practice. We are thankful for our many supporters, partners and sponsors; we are also thankful for each person who stops and takes the time to listen to us as we explain what FGM is. We are thankful for you. We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!