What is thanksgiving?

  • (noun): Fourth Thursday in November in the United States; second Monday in October in Canada; commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.
    Synonyms: Thanksgiving Day
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de l'Action de grĂ¢ce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is mostly celebrated in a secular manner. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in all provinces in Canada, except for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. While businesses may remain open in these provinces, the holiday is nonetheless, recognized and celebrated regardless of its status.

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... It was held on Thanksgiving from 1981 to 2009 and was believed to be the longest of several Turkey Trots held on Thanksgiving across the country ... In 2011 the race moved dates again, away from Thanksgiving, and changed the course to be a loop course ...
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... is an American Public Media radio special that airs nationwide on Thanksgiving Day ... The show consists of classical music, songs, and dramatic readings all related to Thanksgiving ... Although John Birge began doing an annual Thanksgiving program in 1985, Giving Thanks did not go national until 1999, two years after he began working for American Public Media ...

More definitions of "thanksgiving":

  • (noun): A short prayer of thanks before a meal.
    Synonyms: grace, blessing

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