Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for family, friends, and feasting. But the families in these picture aren’t sharing a typical Thanksgiving celebration at home in the US, instead, they are part of a growing number of families that have chosen to experience the magic of the Galápagos Islands in November, and enjoy a different take on the Thanksgiving celebration. So where did this beloved holiday come from? And how do Americans usually celebrate it? Lets take a journey through the fascinating history of Thanksgiving and the diverse ways it’s celebrated across the United States.
The first Thanksgiving is said to have occurred in 1621, when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians came together to celebrate a successful harvest. However, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. Lincoln hoped that by setting aside a day for giving thanks, Americans could find some solace in the midst of a bloody conflict.
Over time, Thanksgiving has evolved to become a celebration of gratitude and togetherness. For some, it’s a chance to reconnect with loved ones they haven’t seen in months. For others, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the past year. But no matter how you celebrate, one thing is for sure: food is always at the center of the festivities.
Of course, the star of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey. Traditionally, the bird is roasted and served with a variety of sides, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. But in recent years, alternative Thanksgiving meals have become increasingly popular. Some families opt for a vegetarian feast, while others turn to international dishes like tamales, sushi, or even Chinese takeout.
Another popular Thanksgiving tradition is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1924, the parade has brought together giant balloons, floats, and marching bands to entertain crowds in New York City and across the country. The parade has also been known to introduce new characters to the world, like the beloved Snoopy balloon.
For sports fans, Thanksgiving is also a day for football. The NFL has been playing games on Thanksgiving since the 1920s, with the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys hosting annual matchups. Some fans even participate in Turkey Bowl games with family and friends, where they compete in friendly flag football matches.
Finally, for those looking to give back, Thanksgiving is a time for charitable acts. Many Americans volunteer at food banks or soup kitchens, while others donate to organizations that help those in need. This spirit of generosity and kindness is one of the most important aspects of Thanksgiving, and it’s what makes the holiday so special.
Thanksgiving is a time-honored holiday that celebrates gratitude, togetherness, and food. Whether you’re chowing down on a traditional turkey dinner or trying something new, watching the parade or cheering on your favorite football team, the holiday is a chance to come together with loved ones and appreciate all that we have. So this year, while you and your family give thanks for the past year’s blessings, and look forward to all the good things that are yet to come, why not celebrate in style, and join us on the holiday of a lifetime, in the incomparable Galápagos Islands?