Thanksgiving 2019: Why Is It Being Celebrated So Late This Year?
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Thanksgiving 2019: Why Is It Being Celebrated So Late This Year?

Thanksgiving day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month of November every year in the United States. This year it is being celebrated on 28 November 2019. It is mostly celebrated in the United States, where it is an important day for feasting, and playing football with family and friends.

Whereas in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of the month of November and this year it was celebrated on 14 November 2019. A frequently asked question this year is why Thanksgiving is being celebrated so late in the US.

  • Why is Thanksgiving being celebrated so late this year?

This year, Thanksgiving is being celebrated very late on 28 November – the last date of celebrating the day in the United States. The last time Thanksgiving was held on 28 was in the year 2013, and before that in 2002.

Thanksgiving can be celebrated as early as 22 November and the last date to celebrate it is 28 November. In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt changed the date to celebrate Thanksgiving from fourth Thursday to third Thursday in the month of November. This move did not become that popular.

  • True Meaning of Thanksgiving

The Native Americans would celebrate the harvest festival for a long time. The autumn feasts were celebrated by harvesting of the crops which were grown during the season.

In the 16th century, the communities of settlers from Massachusetts and Virginia met and gave thanks to each other for the fertility of their crops and for keeping trust in each other. The earliest Thanksgiving which is widely renowned is that of the Pilgrims of Plimoth, Massachusetts, who feasted for three continuous days with the Wampanoag people in 1621.

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