Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.
Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is a popular time for trips and to visit family and friends.
Public life Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables. Thanksgiving Day it is one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA. This can cause congestion and overcrowding. Seasonal parades and busy football games can cause disruption to local traffic.
Background Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since Not every one sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.
There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.
In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.
Apple Day Apple Day is an annual celebration, held in October, of apples and orchards. It is celebrated mainly in the United Kingdom.
Apple Day was initiated by Common Ground in 1990 and has been celebrated in each subsequent year by people organizing hundreds of local events. Common Ground describe the day as a way of celebrating and demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality and that it is possible to effect change in your place. Common Ground has used the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity we should not let slip away. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wild life they support.
More recently Apple Day has evolved into a weekend event, usually taking place on the Saturday and Sunday closest to Oct. 21st although a number of venues now simply use the term Apple Day for their own events which can take place anywhere in the second half of October.
The first Apple Day was on October 21, 1990 in Covent Garden, London.
At an Apple Day event you might find: A display of local varieties of apple, and varieties from across the country An apple identification service An Apple Doctor for advice on growing Apple cookery demonstrations Unusual varieties of apples to taste and buy Orchard produce: cider, juice, apple cakes, pies, preserves Bee keeping and orchard honey
Cider tasting Apple juice pressing Pruning and grafting demonstrations Apple trees for sale and to order Orchard mapping and displays Orchard walks Illustrated talks Storytelling William Tell archery Apple bobbing
Apple shies Pin the Maggot on the Apple Apple prints Apple creatures Orchard painting and photography Fruit wood carving and turning Apple mummers plays Cider songs Longest Peel Competition
Read the proverbs: A bad apple spoils the bin As one bad apple spoils the others, so you must show no quarter to sin or sinners It's a good apple tree that has the most sticks under it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The rotten apple injures its nature
Apple Idioms apple of (someone`s) eye- someone or something that one likes a lot or likes more than others as easy as apple pie-very easy bad apple- a bad person compare apples and oranges- to compare two things that are not similar and should not be compared polish the apple- to flatter someone rotten apple- a bad person rotten to the core- to be completely worthless (like a rotten apple) upset the applecart- to ruin a plan or event by a surprise or accident
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