Thanksgiving Day is an annual holiday celebrated in parts of northern America on the fourth Thursday of November and the day sets a beginning to the holiday season which extends to New Year's Day. Thanksgiving 2021 will be celebrated on November 25, Thursday and people all across the United States, Canada, Grenada, Liberia and Saint Lucia will observe the annual holiday by practicing a number of traditions. From giving thanks and celebrating the harvest festival of the past year to conducting religious services along with serving an authentic Thanksgiving dinner, Americans have a different way of making their festival a little more cultural and joyous. 

While you might be wondering what makes Thanksgiving different from other festivals, we've gathered a couple of beautiful traditions that keep the day going. See how the Americans look forward to having a blast on the most-awaited holiday of the year by following some cultural traditions and practices and celebrate the time to give thanks to all they have in life! Thanksgiving 2021: Rising Inflation in The US Likely to Put a Dent on Consumer's Wallet During Upcoming Festive Season.

1. Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is always incomplete without turkey being served on the swanky tables. The large meal is usually stuffed with a traditional savoury bread pudding and roasted. Families who celebrate the day together consume the bountiful meal together and the practice is known to go back to the 16th century. It is also proclaimed that "No citizen of the United States should refrain from Turkey on Thanksgiving Day." Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, jam, etc., are the other dishes usually served on the day of Thanksgiving.

Turkey (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

2. Cracking the Wishbones

The wishbone, also called the furcula, is taken from the carcass of the turkey and dried out. It is held by two people through the end while each one of them makes a wish. They crack it apart and whosoever gets the larger part is known to have his/her wishes granted. The tradition was started by the Pilgrims who believed that birds were oracles and could tell the future.

Cracking the Wishbone (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

3. Turkey Trot Race

It is a fun footrace that is held for people who are looking forward to burning their calorie-intake that reached heights after consuming the heavy Thanksgiving dinner. The tradition goes back to 1896 when the first Turkey Trot Race came into place and still remains intact among the American population. The practice of trotting has also garnered a fun and family-friendly vibe that it is popularly known for today.

Turkey Trot Race (Photo Credits: Flickr)

4. Thanksgiving Day Football

One of the prominent traditions of Thanksgiving day is to sit back and watch football on TV before, during and even after the dinner. Since 2006, NFL schedules three games on Thanksgiving with Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys serving as the traditional hosts of the afternoon games on Thanksgiving Day. If you are looking forward to being a part of the Thanksgiving Day Football, click here to know about the schedule and matches.

Thanksgiving Day Football (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

5. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The world's largest parade in New York is conducted by US-based department store chain Macy's during Thanksgiving. The parade revelers, floats, and huge cartoon balloons march has been a custom and classic Thanksgiving tradition. Millions of people gather on streets to take a sight of great floats and the parade that follows. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021: Baby Yoda, Pikachu, Ronald McDonald Giant Inflatable Balloons Ready to Fly High.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo Credits: Twitter)

The above Thanksgiving Day traditions have been in place for a long time and people around America celebrate their day by following these customs and practices to have a whale of time on the outset of their annual holiday season.

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