The history of Thanksgiving in the United States dates as far back as 1621 when it was observed by Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England and settled in New England.
In the 1860s, Abraham Lincoln passed a presidential proclamation to call for the celebration of Thanksgiving Day across all the states on the final Thursday in November annually.
Celebrated as a public holiday, Thanksgiving Day is anticipated by many people for various reasons. For some, it’s a time to spend with family, give thanks and enjoy delectable recipes. Others look forward to it because it is yet another day away from the pressures of work and school.
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Though popularly known to be celebrated in the United States, Thanksgiving Day is also celebrated in other countries with those in the Caribbean and Africa marking the day for unique reasons.
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