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1 fourth Thursday in November in the United States; second Monday in October in Canada; commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag [syn: Thanksgiving Day]
2 a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: grace, blessing]

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thanks + giving



  1. an expression of gratitude
  2. a short prayer said at meals; grace, a benediction

Extensive Definition

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. First celebrated in what would become Canada in the late 1500s, Thanksgiving was later also celebrated in what would become the United States in the early 1600s. Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.


United States


In Grenada there is a national holiday of Thanksgiving Day on October 25. It is unrelated to holidays in the United States and Canada even though it bears the same name. It marks the anniversary of the US led invasion of the island in 1983 in response to the illegal deposition and execution of Grenadan Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.


Ohenton Kariwatehkwen (The Thanksgiving Address)

The Thanksgiving Address is a process which has gone on for thousands of years. It is an oral tradition that gets passed down from generation to generation which still goes on to this day. The Thanksgiving Address is called the (Ohenton Kariwatekhwen) O-Honn-Doo Ga-Re-Wa-Deh-Gwonh. In the (Kanien'Keha:ka) Ga-Kneeu'-Gay-Haa] language this means the words that come before all else.
thanksgiving in Arabic: عيد الشكر
thanksgiving in Bulgarian: Ден на благодарността
thanksgiving in Catalan: Dia d'acció de gràcies
thanksgiving in Danish: Thanksgiving
thanksgiving in Pennsylvania German: Betdaag
thanksgiving in German: Thanksgiving
thanksgiving in Modern Greek (1453-): Ημέρα των Ευχαριστιών
thanksgiving in Spanish: Día de acción de gracias
thanksgiving in Esperanto: Danktago
thanksgiving in Persian: روز شکرگزاری
thanksgiving in French: Action de Grâce (Thanksgiving)
thanksgiving in Korean: 추수감사절
thanksgiving in Indonesian: Thanksgiving
thanksgiving in Italian: Giorno del Ringraziamento
thanksgiving in Hebrew: חג ההודיה
thanksgiving in Latin: Festum Gratias Agendi
thanksgiving in Hungarian: Hálaadás
thanksgiving in Maltese: Jum ir-Ringrazzjament
thanksgiving in Malay (macrolanguage): Hari Kesyukuran
thanksgiving in Dutch: Thanksgiving Day
thanksgiving in Japanese: 感謝祭
thanksgiving in Norwegian: Thanksgiving
thanksgiving in Polish: Dzień Dziękczynienia
thanksgiving in Portuguese: Ação de Graças
thanksgiving in Romanian: Ziua Recunoştinţei
thanksgiving in Russian: День благодарения
thanksgiving in Simple English: Thanksgiving
thanksgiving in Finnish: Kiitospäivä
thanksgiving in Swedish: Thanksgiving
thanksgiving in Thai: วันขอบคุณพระเจ้า
thanksgiving in Vietnamese: Lễ Tạ ơn
thanksgiving in Turkish: Şükran Günü
thanksgiving in Ukrainian: День подяки
thanksgiving in Contenese: 感恩節
thanksgiving in Chinese: 感恩节

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