Thanksgiving Day in New York

Thanksgiving Day in New York
Thanksgiving Day in New York

One of the largest celebrations in the United States is Thanksgiving Day celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month of November. Every year families gather to give thanks for all the good things that happened to them during the year.

The modern tradition indicates that the origins of this festival are in Plymouth, in the current state of Massachusetts, in the year 1623. At that time, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food for the 102 settlers who lived there. But the natives of the Wampanoag tribe helped them and offered them seeds and taught them how to fish.

As a token of appreciation, the colonists offered a dinner to the natives. This would be the first time this festival was celebrated. However, other versions are handled. Some historians claim that the first celebration was held by the Spanish in 1565 in what is now San Agustin, Florida. Others claim that it was in 1598 in what is now Texas.

In 1789, the American president, George Washington, proclaimed the date as national Thanksgiving Day. Later in 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the celebration as a national holiday, but it was not until 1941 that the country's Congress established the date as an official celebration.

Families gather and often prepare large banquets in which the main protagonist is the turkey. This is prepared roasted or baked. This turkey is traditionally accompanied with a filling made of corn bread and sage. It is traditionally served with a jelly or cranberry sauce, as well as vegetable dishes such as green beans and mashed potatoes with gravy (which is a sauce made from turkey juice); A wide variety of desserts are also served, with pumpkin pie the most popular. Meals are served with hot apple cider with spices or sparkling apple cider, traditionally fermented. It is also common to prepare pecan pie and apple pie.

But not all turkeys end up at a table, since the turkey pardon is a nice Thanksgiving moment. Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation gives a bird to the President of the United States each year. At first, the gift was for the presidents to eat with their family at the Thanksgiving dinner. However, John F. Kennedy spared the life of one of the turkeys he received during his tenure and, when George Bush Sr. repeated the gesture in 1989, the custom was restored.

Beyond the kitchens, another long-standing tradition comes from the NFL. In 1934, the owner of the Detroit Lions asked NBC to broadcast the game of his team. Since then the Lions always play the first game in such an important festivity.

This is a holiday that transcends the borders of the United States. Countries like Canada, Liberia and some in the Caribbean, also tend to thank for all the good things of the year. In Artview Studios we wanted to show you a bit of the history of this great celebration, in which we also offer you a portrait photograph so that you have a nice memory every year of this day, and suddenly if you have a family member better still since it will be included in the photograph.