November: Celebrations & Commemorations

November: Celebrations & Commemorations

It's 1621. The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians share an autumn harvest feast together for the first time. Today, that day is acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football, and family...with some improvements on the food menu. Families gather around the table to eat delicious stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. It's a holiday dedicated to eating food after all. The Thanksgiving meals are so large that we all have leftovers for many days after the dinner. Another great thing about American Thanksgiving is The Macy's Parade. Where else will you see giant character balloons including Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob Squarepants, and a multi-character balloon for the DreamWorks animated movie Trolls!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are finally here and the deals are just too good to miss. However, aside from eating, shopping, and watching the parade, Thanksgiving, above all else, is about gratitude. It's a day where we give thanks for all we have and show our love and respect for all the people who made that happen. Say thanks to your best friends, super dad, loving mum, supportive sibling, and devoted partner. This is what the holiday is all about.

Everyone who wants to honor all men and women, both living and deceased, who have served in the United States armed forces, they can do this on Veteran's Day. Every November 11 in the US, there is an official wreath-laying ceremony held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. Other countries also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II. Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday. In Europe, Britain, and the Commonwealth countries, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11. So let's take the day to pay tribute to all veterans who served their country honorably, and reflect upon their heroism, patriotism, and courage.




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