By: Kris Chakravarthi
As we observe Thanksgiving on this fourth Thursday of November, 2020 unlike any other year, We should be thankful for all that we have got so far. I am thankful for all the people who have been a part of my life-families and friends, who have made me come this far.
In many American households, Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Not only has Turkey, and Pumpkin Pie become a Thanksgiving staple in a majority of the households, but is also synonymous with the holiday. This may or may not have been the case when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. According to the National Turkey Federation a large majority of the population indulge in Turkey as their staple on this day. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day feature when a lot of food drives and charitable institutions get into full gear to collect donations. Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.
Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. Several U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual, too. The Turkey that was pardoned was Corn and Cob.
Unlike any other year, this is not the same as the last few years- No more meeting of the family gatherings on the scale we used to have, no more travelling, given that the Pandemic is still worsening, no more Macy’s parade like in the past-But its still on as of this writing–But Lots of Football
I wish everyone a very safe and a happy Thanksgiving , If you stay safe today you will have a better and brighter tomorrow.
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WISHING ALL OF Y’ALL A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING.