The last Thursday in November, as you know, is a holiday in America. People call this holiday Thanksgiving Day. It is perhaps the most important day in the American year. People go to church, and families come together for the day. They decorate their houses with the fruits and flowers of autumn and prepare traditional American food: roast turkey, potatoes and pumpkin. It’s rather like Christmas, but what are people celebrating? What are they giving thanks for? Do you remember the first colonists in New England? In 1620 they came to America and began a new life there. It was a very hard life. The colonists started to farm the land. The work was difficult and full of danger. In New England, the place where they lived, there were many wild birds. They were like chickens but much bigger. They were turkeys. In the autumn of 1621 the colonists had there first harvest. It was rather good. The colonists decided to have a special dinner. They wanted to thank God – to give him their thanks for many things. It was a difficult year, but the people still had food to eat. The colonists had a thanksgiving dinner for all the people. It lasted three days. For the whole three days they gave thanks for their good harvest and their happy year in a new country. Wild turkeys were on the table on this meal, and since then the turkey has become a symbol of Thanksgiving Day.
1. Thanksgiving Day is a British holiday.
2. Thanksgiving Day is the most important day in the American year. 3. People celebrate this holiday in offices.
4. They eat bacon and eggs to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. 5. Thanksgiving Day is rather like Christmas.
6. Since 1621 turkey has become a symbol of Thanksgiving Day.