is a North American harvest holiday, celebrated in both the United
States and Canada. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for
the harvest and express gratitude in general. Thanksgiving is
celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the
fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Traditionally,
families gather together on Thanksgiving Day to eat a large feast.
The Thanksgiving most Americans think of as the origin was in 1621,
when the Native American helped the Pilgrims (arrived with the ship
Mayflower in 1920) survive their first year, and the different
races shared a meal together. In 1578, explorer Martin Frobisher
hosted a formal celebration to give thanks after surviving the
difficult journey to Newfoundland, started the tradition of
celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada.
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually includes turkey, stuffing,
mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.