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What do North Americans celebrate on Thanksgiving day?

Atualizado: 24 de jun. de 2022

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What is Thanksgiving?

"Thanksgiving Day" is a public holiday celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October in Canada and on the 4th Thursday of November in the United States. It is an extremely important date for North Americans, so the festivities are often extended throughout the weekend.

The following Friday after Thanksgiving became known as "Black Friday," and it is when the famous store sales take place as the kick off for the American's Christmas season.

What is celebrated during Thanksgiving Day?

In addition to being a day to give thanks to The Lord for the good things that happened along the year, American people also celebrate the memory of a feast held in the new world in 1621 which was attended by 50 settlers, the pilgrims, from Plymouth fields and 90 native Americans (Indians) from the Wampanoag tribe.

The feast was offered to the Indians as a way of thanking them for their help and guidance to farm in a world where products, climate and soil were unknown.

The result, an abundant harvest of beans, corn and pumpkin.

But was the Indians' help so essential to cultivate the land?

Yes. It is enough to say that the pilgrims who arrived in America in 1620 aboard the ship named the Mayflower literally starved in the first winter they faced.

What is the Thanksgiving symbol?

The of Thanksgiving symbol in the USA is the Cornucopia or Horn of Plenty which is the symbol of abundance and food, commonly represented by a horn-shaped basket, overflowing with green produce, flowers, nuts, fruits and other vegetables.

But why a horn?

The horn is the phallus, the male sacred masculine which in turn is the symbol of God in some pagan cultures.

Yet, the inside of the horn is the sacred feminine, the womb. The fertile mother Earth.



throughout - por todo

Settler - colono

pilgrim - peregrino

crop - cultura agrícola

starve (r. verb) - Literalmente morrer de fome


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