Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States and Canada. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November.
The most widely practiced ritual is the Thanksgiving meal. This usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pies, but many feasts differ between families and cultures.