Thanksgiving Day

The First Thanksgiving in North America

Thanksgiving goes back a long time in North American history. It started with some of the earliest settlers.

In 1621 a ship carrying 100 people left Plymouth, England. It landed on the east coast of America at a place now called Plymouth, Massachusetts. The ship was called The Mayflower.

The people who came on this ship were Puritans. They were also “separatists”. They wanted to separate from the Church of England and start their own church. These people are now called the Pilgrim Fathers.

The first winter in America was a very difficult one. The Pilgrim Fathers had to learn how to grow food in the new soil. Also, the climate was too cold for some of them. Nearly half of them died.

However, they had some help. The Indians taught them how to grow corn and maize.

The Pilgrim Fathers were very happy when they had their first harvest. It was a time to celebrate. They cooked a big turkey dinner.

This was the first Thanksgiving dinner. The Pilgrim Fathers continued to celebrate the harvest in this way every year.

Later, the Americans made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. It falls on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

In the eighteenth century Canadians made a Thanksgiving dinner whenever they had a good reason to celebrate. Sometimes they celebrated recovery from illness. Sometimes they celebrated a military victory. In 1796, for example, the early settlers in Halifax made a Thanksgiving dinner at the end of the war between Britain and France.

In 1870, Canada made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. It falls on the second Monday in October every year. This is the time of their fall harvest.

At Thanksgiving, people usually eat turkey with cranberry sauce. They also eat fall vegetables such as squash and turnips. Cider and pumpkin pie are on the Thanksgiving menu too. There are usually Thanksgiving dinner recipes in the newspaper before the holiday.

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Encontrei esse texto num dos meus velhos livros de curso de Inglês do tempo que passei no Canadá.

Temos também um teste de compreensão sobre esse artigo no WIZIQ para alunos. É só pedirem o link de acesso que mando por e-mail.

Espero que gostem.

An Introduction to Canadian English
Student Workbook n. 2
Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation

2 comentários em “Thanksgiving Day

  1. Achei bastante completa as informações contindas em seu texo, de fácil compreensão e bastante educativo, pois contém informações breves e necessárias.
    Por favor gostaria de receber o link de acesso as interpretações.

    • Olá Cristiane,
      Obrigada pela visita e pelo comentário.
      No WIZIQ temos um teste múltipla escolha de compreensão do texto. Prefiro te enviar o link por e-mail.
      Gostaria tambem que se você souber de alguem interessado nesse tipo de material que essas pessoas participem primeiro através do blog como vc fez em vez de compartilhar o link. Achei bem legal saber o que você achou do texto. Fique de olho… vem mais or aí. rsrs
      Um abraço

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