Thanksgiving has deep roots in religious tradition, but nowadays it is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.
Why is Thanksgiving Day important
Thanksgiving Day, an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.
How to observe Thanksgiving Day
Some will observe the holiday through charity work. Common activities include serving and preparing meals at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, organizing food and clothing drives, and participating in community outreach programs. Many cities hold large festivals or parades to honor Thanksgiving.
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance