Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada and the United States. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany (Erntedankfest) and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, so this year it is celebrated on November 29th. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

On Thanksgiving Day families usually get together and have a special dinner. As you may have seen in many US movies, the typical dish is turkey.

In the last years there has been implemented another tradition, which is even more extended today than Thanksgiving: Black Friday. Just after Thanksgiving (and taking advantage of people having a long weekend) the Christmas shopping season starts, so many stores offer special deals on that day (or the whole week) to make people spend money. Will you?

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