Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated annually in Canada and the United States. On that day people are grateful for the blessings of the past year.
In the United States of America the holiday is a grand event, there are parades and big family diners with tables full of traditional foods like pumpkin pie and turkey. Americans believe that Thanksgiving is modeled after a harvest feast that took place in 1621 at Plymouth. The holiday for the first 200 years was celebrated only by same of colonies and states, but in 1863 president Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November (later it was specified by the resolution passed by Congress in 1941 and a proclamation issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 that Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November).
Canadians tend to celebrate it by spending time with their family and relaxing. Since 1957 in Canada Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the second Monday of October. Canadians, alike Americans, enjoy football and sports and their quality family time.