Thanksgiving in the United States

Thanksgiving is a special holiday in the United States because it brings all Americans together.

It is not a religious holiday so everyone celebrates it. This American holiday is a celebration of the First Thanksgiving in 1621.

Europeans came to the New World on big ships. One group of Europeans were called the Pilgrims. They came on a ship called the Mayflower.

At the beginning, life was very hard for the Pilgrims. They did not have enough food and many people died in their first winter in the wilderness. The next year, the Native American Indians helped them. They showed the Pilgrims how to grow corn and squash and how to hunt animals. That year the Pilgrims had a wonderful harvest. There was corn, fruit and vegetables. They also had fish and meat.

That year, the Pilgrims had homes and enough food for the long winter. They lived in peace with their Indian neighbours. They were very thankful, so their leader organized a day of thanksgiving and they celebrated with the Native American Indians. The Native Americans brought food with them too.

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln officially named a national day of thanksgiving. It is on the fourth Thursday of each November.

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Tell me, Mr. Turkey,

aren`t you afraid

when you hear us talking

about the plans we`ve made?

Can`t you hear us planning

what we`re going to eat,

cranberries and stuffing

with our turkey meat?

Turkey, hear my warning:

you`d better fly away,

or you`ll be very sorry

on Thanksgiving Day.


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