Celebrating Thanksgiving Day...

When I introduced this blog, I said I was going to talk about the most interesting cultural aspects from English-speaking countries. Well, it was time! Here you are the first one. Next Thursday 24th is Thanksgiving Day. Because of this, I would like to dedicate this post to so special day in the United States. A brief introduction and a new treasure hunt are waiting for you... Read on!

Thanksgiving Day is a traditional celebration in the United States and Canada. It is celebrated on the forth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving is a family feast. All family members get together around the table and turkey is the recipe par excellence.

This popular day is closely related to the early events of English colonization in the New World. In 1620 a group of Christian settlers, who later became known as pilgrims traveled to America aboard the Mayflower. They landed in November on the coast of Massachusetts (in the U.S. East Coast) and established the Colony of Plymouth. The harsh winter in these latitudes caught them unprepared. There were about a hundred of pilgrims and just half of them survived. They managed it thanks to the Wampanoag Indians´ aid and food.

In the autumn of 1621, they gathered in the first harvest and decided to share its fruits with the Indians who helped them when they had no resources. The governor of the colony proclaimed a day to give thanks to God...

Although the tradition dates back to 1621 and has been celebrated in a way since then, the celebration as a federal holiday is recent...

And now, here you are a new treasure hunt about this special day! It is devoted to 2nd and 3rd CSE students.

If you like, you can adapt it to your students´ level. Click on link to get the activity, watch the funny video and... Happy Thanksgiving Day!



*See sources in the treasure hunt.