Discovering: The American Thanksgiving

Amongst the 331 million people living in the United States of America, many are celebrating Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November every year. Traditionally, this holiday celebrates the giving of thanks for the autumn harvest. Due to Covid19, it won’t be possible to celebrate it like during the other years but surely families will somehow gather for it, physically or virtually.

Origins

The American tradition of Thanksgiving dates back long time ago to 1621 when the pilgrims gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest in Plymouth Rock. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated for three days, with the settlers festing with the natives on dried fruits, boiled pumpkin, turkey, venison and much more. But Thanksgiving didn’t become a nationwide holiday until President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863.

Meaning

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the connection with a new season, the beauty of seedtime and harvest. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, giving thanks, to remind to be generous with others. All people around the world should celebrate Thanksgiving because it boosts our well-being and reflects an overall attitude of gratitude and enjoying what we have.

Cooking traditions

Now the serious bit, the really serious bit: are you by yourself or with a nice group of friends or family? Either way, you will have a great time if… you follow traditional cooking methods. First: the unmissable turkey! We want it juicy, tender, moist, and seasoned to perfection. And it’s gotta be accompanied by your family favorite side dishes namely pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, cheesecake, apple crisp or pumpkin bread. Delicious!

The Yazyk team feels blessed for joining the Thanksgiving celebrations this year as we are opening our new company in America.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and feel grateful for who you are and what you have!