Thanksgiving – A festival unique to North America

Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, much like Onam in Kerala. The festival has its origins in the deliverance of the English settlers by the Native Americans, after a brutal winter. In the US, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year. The Canadians observe Thanksgiving on the second Sunday in October.

Last year being my first Thanksgiving in the US, we went traditional with a stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, apple cider etc. We got together with friends in Berkeley for a potluck. There was so much of food that we ate it over a period of time that extended from lunch to dinner and beyond, as we watched 2 movies back to back.

This year we had a veggie Thanksgiving with our Berkeley friends. This year, the celebrations (read eating) lasted for over 12 hours. We watched 3 movies, played card games, cooked and stuffed ourselves at regular intervals.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season which ends with New Year. So I guess it is time to take down the Fall decorations and look forward to the next big celebration – Christmas!

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