What is Thanksgiving?

Information, origins, and history about the traditional holiday of Thanksgiving


The definition of Thanksgiving:

noun /ˌTHaNGksˈgiviNG/
thanksgivings, plural

The expression of gratitude, esp. to God
- he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival
- he described the service as a thanksgiving

(in North America) An annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.