Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday which takes place in the united states and canada on the last thursday in november in celebration of the harvest and other blessings during the year. The first thanksgiving day was observed when the pilgrim
fathers held a three-day festival after the harvest of 1621. But the day was not celebrated as a regular national holiday until more than two centuries later. Gradually each state adopted the idea until, in 1863, president lincoln proclaimed a national harvest
festival on november 26. The festival is still basically a home celebration, with religious overtones, for families and friends.Turkey is the traditional meat at the feast, and such autumnal dishes as pumkin pie and plum pudding stress the harvest them.
(Detail from '' The First Thanksgiving '' a painting in the Pilgrim Hall Museum.)