Thanksgiving Day is celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November. Canadian celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving Day is the celebration for good harvest. Thanksgiving started as a tradition when the pilgrims were helped by the Native Americans when they arrived in America as they were struggling for food. The pilgrims returned this gesture by inviting them over for a feast to show them their appreciation. On this occasion, people express gratitude to God for showering his riches on the mankind. Thanksgiving Day brings family and friends together. They spend cheerful time and rewind old memories. Thanksgiving has over the years taken on additional meaning as well. Thanksgiving Sales event is one of the most sought after in the year. People go crazy as Stores put a lot of items on sale during the Thanksgiving Weekend at very low prices. It is also heralds the beginning of Holiday Season and shopping for Christmas.
Eating Turkey on Thanksgiving Day is a part of custom and tradition. There are many interesting stories behind how Turkey became an integral part of the celebration. One of the most interesting stories follow that in 1620, a group of pilgrims separated from the Church of England decided to settle in Plymouth Plantation in America. When they finally arrived, Native American tribes gifted Turkeys. The initial days of settlement was gruesome and among 102 sailors only 46 survived. Native Indians taught them farming, hunting and fishing. In the year 1621, Governor William Bradford organised the first Thanksgiving Day. Native Indians were invited as their guests of honor. On October 3rd 1863, Thanksgiving Day was officially declared as a holiday. Thanksgiving Day is also known as " Turkey Day".
Traditionally stuffed or roasted Turkey is preferred. Nowadays, many people serve Turkey cooked with spices and herbs. Deep-fried Turkey is another popular Thanksgiving delicacy. Turkey similar to Thanksgiving has undergone and evolved over time. Green beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, bread, butter, pickles, sweet potatoes and salads are served along with Turkey.