Happy American Thanksgiving 2016! What is the history behind the US national holiday?

Happy American Thanksgiving 2016!
What is the history behind the US national holiday? Everything you need to know about the meaning of the holiday
and what food to serve for a traditional thanksgiving dinner If you’re in the mood for a festive celebration
Thanksgiving might be the holiday for you. Of course, it’s an American national holiday,
but the vast majority of people in the UK are at least vaguely aware of Thanksgiving Day Featuring in any number of films out there, it involves families coming together to share a feast
centred around turkey, take in massive parades and watch American football. Lots of expat Americans living this side of the Atlantic will celebrate
Thanksgiving this Thursday, but many Brits won’t have a clue what exactly is being honoured So here’s everything you need to know about
the festivities which serve as a pre-cursor to Christmas.When is Thanksgiving? Without exception,
Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November
This year that’s Thursday, November 24In the US, government offices, businesses and schools close on Thanksgiving Day
– with many closing on the Friday after, too, giving employees a four-day weekend. What gets eaten?
The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around turkey, stuffing and vegetables.
You’ll also hear Americans talking about eating yams. Yams are a starchy root vegetable grown in the Carribean.
But usually when Americans talk about yams, they actually mean sweet potatoes. The meal is traditionally rounded off with a pumpkin pie. What else goes on?
Many big cities hold a Thanksgiving Day parade,
the most famous of which is the Macy’s parade in New York. The three-hour event features floats, costumes and huge helium balloons
in the shape of cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat.

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