The onset of Winters. Delightful feasts. Gatherings with loved ones. A floating sense of gratitude and love all around. It’s that time of the year again, a time to be thankful!
Thanksgiving is a festival celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year. It is a grand festival in the United States and Canada that marks the celebration of the harvest and other blessings of the past year. This day is a monumental occasion for a get-together with family and friends. It was first celebrated as a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to The Almighty. Today people honor it by grand family gatherings and food drives. Communities and corporations take part in activities sponsoring charitable distributions of staple foods and Thanksgiving dinners for the poor and helpless.
It was back in 1621 when people celebrated the first-ever Thanksgiving.
It was the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians who shared an autumn harvest feast. Until then, only individual communities and colonies celebrated Thanksgiving. During the Civil War, it was President Abraham Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
It is now an occasion to cherish the history of the country’s forefathers and to be grateful for all they have. For some families, it is the biggest celebration of the year paving way for Christmas and the New Year!
The grandeur of a typical American Thanksgiving is shaped by traditional food, football, parades, and family meals.
Yet, the main highlight of the festival has always been about the customary food festival. Whether it’s the pumpkin pie, bread stuffing, or roasted turkey!
Thanksgiving is generally thought of as an American holiday, yet there are countries around the world that share a similar idea.
They have similar festivals expressing their gratitude and love to honor nature.
Canada’s Thanksgiving is a lot like American celebrations.
They mark the successful harvest of French settlers in modern-day Canada. This celebration takes place in October when the weather is a lot warmer.
The country celebrates Thanksgiving with equal splendor and glory on the second Monday in October. It, however, coincides with the observance of Columbus Day and the American Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States.
Thus, the grand celebration of the Fall Festival of Ellicottville is identified as an “annual pilgrimage” for Canadians. Border towns also often observe a rise in shoppers at grocery stores during such periods.
During the meal, many people perform the ritual of going around the table to express what each member is thankful for.
Also, The President of the United States pardons a live turkey, which means a turkey will live on a farm without the threat of being eaten.
Many cities hold grand festivals or parades to honor Thanksgiving. One of the most iconic and largest is the New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is also known as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It begins in the morning and goes from Central Park West to Macy’s Herald Square on the 34th street. This parade is the second-oldest Thanksgiving Parade. Classic Thanksgiving food is the essence of this magnificent festival.
So, here are some of the top traditional Thanksgiving dishes to add a little seasoning to your celebrations!
Pie is the classic Thanksgiving delicacy. This dish has a flaky crust stuffed in with caramelized sugar. This dish is the ultimate dessert for your Thanksgiving. Whether it’s pumpkin, chocolate, apple or pecan each slice is an edible, triangulated vessel for whipped cream.
This sweet treasure is one treat everyone looks for during every Thanksgiving meal.
2) Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes are one of the most popular side dishes for a Thanksgiving meal. Homecooked mashed potatoes are a delicious blend of rich and creamy texture and great flavors. Cooked in varied forms, this dish is an instant hit among all gatherings!
Ham is an underrated Thanksgiving dish yet the easiest to prepare. This delicious dish provides the perfect flavor, and texture to your Thanksgiving Platter. Rub it up with some brown sugar or dip it in cola to add a little flavor to its heavenly taste.
4) Green Bean Casserole
An iconic Thanksgiving dish, Green Bean Casserole has been a staple for all Thanksgiving meals post World War -II. This comfort food is creamy and smooth. It’s classic sauce and the simplicity of green beans gives it an unmatchable flavor. No wonder this dish has carved out a place for itself in the hearts of all!
Turkey is the centerpiece of every Thanksgiving Meal. It is a full-packed recipe that provides you with all the flavor and juiciness you expect from the perfect Thanksgiving meal. The task of cooking Turkey might be a little labor-intensive. But the real key to baking the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey is not to overcook it–that is what dries out the meat and soaks the juice.
Complimented with gratifying side dishes, this food is what makes every Thanksgiving complete. Relish these legendary delicacies with full vigor and let us know which one did you enjoy the most!