The Thanksgiving Day holiday celebrated in the United States, is on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was founded as a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God and the generosity of Native American.
Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621 and continues to be an American tradition today. The festive holiday means many things to different people but for most, it is celebrated with festive meals, parades, football, family and friends, and, of course, turkey.
For many, it's also about spending time together, catching up and enjoying one another's company. The holiday is a reminder to give thanks for the good things, people and providential events in our lives.
In America, the day after Thanksgiving is characterized by heavy shopping, encouraged by several enticing deals and discounts offered by retailers. Stores typically open early on Friday morning and people line up at night to be the first ones through the door when stores open so that they get the choicest "doorbuster" deals. The day is called "Black Friday" because traditionally that is the day when retail stores go from red to black (turn a profit) for the year.
Recently, we’ve seen further commerical-ization of this holidy, with the Monday after Thanksgiving being called "Cyber Monday" because of the heavy online shopping people do on that day. Nevertheless, despite all the different celebrations rituals, the day is to remind us to appreciate what we have and cherish the times with our love ones.
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