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Thursday, 28 November 2019

A major holiday in the United States and Canada - in Canada it is celebrated on Monday 30th. The holiday dates back to the early 1600s when the Pilgrims, along with some native American Indians, celebrated a great harvest. It became an official holiday in 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day.

It is customary for families to gather together on the day and eat Turkey.

In Canada it is often known in the french as jour de l'Action de grâce and is celebrated in October.

In the classroom: Learn about the history of Thanksgiving. Do we have similar festivals in Ireland? What about harvest festivals?

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