Thanksgiving Day, legal holiday observed annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October. Most people celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family or friends for a holiday feast. Thanksgiving was first celebrated by Pilgrims and Native Americans in colonial New England in the early 17th century. Its actual origin, however, probably traces to harvest festivals that have been traditional in many parts of the world since ancient times(see Festivals and Feasts). Today Thanksgiving is mainly a celebration of domestic life, centered on the home and family. "Thanksgiving Day," MicrosoftÂ® EncartaÂ® Online Encyclopedia 2003 http://encarta.msn.com Â© 1997-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.For more information on Thanksgiving please do visit Encarta-Thanksgiving.
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