Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, American families hold a feast of Thanksgiving. As an important festival in the west, do you know how they celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it a more pleasant thing to eat turkey, play games, sit together and share family happiness?
On this day, you can travel with your family, visit relatives and friends, and enjoy your family's happiness. During Thanksgiving, there will be cosmetic parades, theatrical performances, shooting and other sports competitions in urban and rural areas. Some American families, religious organizations and charities also provide free turkey feasts for the poor, orphans and homeless.
How do western countries celebrate Thanksgiving?
In terms of customs and habits, the United States and Canada are basically the same. Food customs include: roast turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry, moss jam, sweet potato, corn; activities include: playing Cranberry competition, corn game, pumpkin race; holding group activities such as costume parade, drama performance or sports competition, and having corresponding holidays for two days. People in the distance will go home to be reunited with their relatives. Now there are also habits such as exempting Turkey and shopping on Black Friday.
There are many similarities between Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, such as the cornucopia and pumpkin pie. The food on the table of Thanksgiving dinner in Canada is usually different from the change of region and time. Some are venison and waterfowl, some are wild ducks and geese, but at present, they are mainly Turkey and ham.
Thanksgiving dinner is a meal that Americans attach great importance to throughout the year. The food of this meal is very rich. At the table, Turkey and pumpkin pie are both necessary. Thanksgiving food in the United States has traditional characteristics. Turkey is the traditional main course of Thanksgiving. It is usually stuffed with all kinds of seasonings and mixed food. Then the whole turkey is roasted. The skin of the chicken is roasted into dark brown, which is sliced by the host with a knife and distributed to everyone. Then pour the brine and salt on each person's own. It tastes delicious. In addition, the traditional food of Thanksgiving includes sweet potato, corn, pumpkin pie, cranberry moss jam, self baked bread and various vegetables and fruits.
After dinner, often do some traditional games. For example: dancing, various competitions and many other recreational activities. There is a game called Cranberry competition, which is to put a big bowl with cranberry on the ground, with 4-10 competitors sitting around, each of whom will be given a needle and thread. At the beginning of the competition, they first put on needles and threads, and then strung cranberries one by one, arriving in 3 minutes; whoever strung the longest won the prize. As for the slowest dressed man, we jokingly gave him the worst prize. There is also an old corn game. First, hide the five corn in the house. Let's go to find the five corn players and watch them. At the beginning of the competition, five people quickly peeled the corn into a bowl. Whoever peeled the corn first won the prize, and then the people who did not participate in the competition gathered around the bowl to guess how many corn kernels there were, and the prize with the closest amount was given to a large bag of corn. People's favorite game is pumpkin race. The competitor pushes the pumpkin with a spoon. The rule is never to touch the pumpkin with your hand. The winner will win the prize first. The smaller the spoon, the more interesting the game.
Apart from these activities, some families will drive to the countryside for an outing or take a plane trip. Plymouth port, where immigrants settled down, is the place that tourists yearn for. There, you can see the boat and Plymouth stone modeled after the Mayflower, and you can also visit the immigrant village modeled after that.
Americans are also used to calling Friday the second day of thanksgiving "Black Friday.". On this day, all kinds of stores in the United States will carry out discount sales of goods, which has become increasingly fierce in recent years. Even some businesses advance the discount day to Thanksgiving Day, which sets off a shopping frenzy in the United States every year.
Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving parade is the largest celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States. It is held on the fourth Thursday in November.
In addition, people will go to the church to pray for Thanksgiving according to the custom, and there will be costume parades, drama performances and sports competitions in urban and rural towns. Schools and shops will also have holidays according to the regulations. The children also dressed in bizarre costumes, painted faces or put on masks to sing and play trumpets in the street. Scattered in other places, the family will also go home for the festival. The family will sit in groups, chew delicious turkey and thank their families. After Thanksgiving, the school will ask students to draw a picture of Thanksgiving. Most of the students draw Turkey.
At the same time, hospitable Americans can't forget to invite friends, Bachelors or people far away from home for the holiday. Since the 18th century, there has been a custom in America to send a basket of food to poor people. At that time, a group of young women wanted to choose a day of the year to do charity, and thought that Thanksgiving was the most appropriate one. So as soon as Thanksgiving arrived, they packed a basket full of food and sent it to the poor people themselves. It's rumoured that many people will soon learn how to do it. No matter who they meet, they say, 'thank you.'