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November 25, 2010 (the Fourth Thursday in November)


Presidential Proclamation--Thanksgiving Day
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
A beloved American tradition, Thanksgiving Day offers us the opportunity to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country.  This spirit brought together the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe -- who had been living and thriving around Plymouth, Massachusetts for thousands of years -- in an autumn harvest feast centuries ago.  This Thanksgiving Day, we reflect on the compassion and contributions of Native Americans, whose skill in agriculture helped the early colonists survive, and whose rich culture continues to add to our Nation's heritage.  We also pause our normal pursuits on this day and join in a spirit of fellowship and gratitude for the year's bounties and blessings. [Full Text]


Thanksgiving Day a Time for Reflection, Gratitude, Sharing (by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs)
American tradition rooted in 1621 New England harvest celebration
Washington - Thanksgiving Day in the United States is possibly the premier U.S. family celebration — typically celebrated at home or in a community setting and marked with a substantial feast. Thanksgiving provides an occasion for reunions of friends and families, and it affords Americans a shared opportunity to express gratitude for the freedoms they enjoy as well as food, shelter and other good things. [Full Text]


Materials for Teaching and Learning English
(By U.S. Department of State, Bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs)

Thanksgiving (PDF)
In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life’s many blessings.



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