2 HistoryIn 1620 the first colonists, pilgrims, from New England came to America and began a new life there. It was a very hard life. Many people were sick and died during the first winter in the cold. Indians taught them to cultivate corns and to grow different vegetables and fruits. In the autumn of 1621 the colonists had their first harvest. It was rather good. The colonists decided to have a special dinner. They wanted to thank God – to give him their thanks for many things. It was a difficult year, but people still had food to eat. The colonists had a thanksgiving dinner (feast) for all the people. It lasted 3 days. Since that time people have been celebrating Thanksgiving Day.
3 TraditionsThanksgiving Day has its own traditions. People decorate their houses with autumn fruits and flowers and prepare traditional American food: roast turkey, potatoes and pumpkin. The family sits at the table during dinner and offer prayer to the God for his continuous grace. People dress different colorful costumes and go to parade. It is also a time for relatives living in different places to come together and celebrate. In these days the most American people watch on TV American football games.
4 Thanksgiving is a day when people send loving messages and warm wishes to their relatives, friends, near and dear ones. It is a day of conveying their feelings through Thanksgiving cards. The day is a time to show your gratitude and respect to your elders, friends. Popular gifts include thanksgiving flowers, jewellery, baked cookie, chocolate gift baskets, candies, wine etc.
5 Symbols of Thanksgiving Day Turkey, corn (or maize), pumpkins and cranberry sauce are symbols which represent the first Thanksgiving. Now all of these symbols are drawn on holiday decorations and greeting cards.TurkeyTurkey is an inseparable part of Thanksgiving celebration.PumpkinPumpkins are the Thanksgiving favourite for about 400 years.CornThe use of corn meant the survival of the colonies. "Indian corn" as a table or door decoration represents the harvest and the fall season.
6 Cranberry Cornucopia Beans Sweet-sour cranberry sauce was on the first Thanksgiving table and is still served today. Indians taught the colonists how to cook the berries with sweetener and water to make a sauce.CornucopiaCornucopia is a horn-shaped basket filled with fruits & goodies.BeansBeans are one of the symbols of Thanksgiving Day since Pilgrims had learnt to grow beans.
7 Thanksgiving PoemOrchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain, So open wide the doorway --- Thanksgiving comes againThe year has turned its circle,The seasons come and go.The harvest all is gathered inAnd chilly north winds blow.
8 What holiday do Americans celebrate in the last Thursday of November? Questions1What holiday do Americans celebrate in the last Thursday of November?