Thanksgiving Day in the United States
"In a world where so many are hungry,
May we eat this food with humble hearts;
In a world where so many are lonely,
May we share this friendship with joyful hearts."
~ Traditional Blessing
In most of North America, the Horn of Plenty, the cornucopia, has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest season. The cornucopia is an ancient symbol for several Greek and Roman deities, particularly those associated with the harvest, prosperity, or spiritual abundance, such as personifications of Earth (Gaia or Terra); the child Plutus, god of riches and son of the grain goddess Demeter; the nymph Maia; and Fortuna, the goddess of luck, who had the power to grant prosperity. May the richness of the season be yours and yours to share with friends and family. 🦃🍁🌽🥧
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places.
Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
Although an unofficial tartan, this richly coloured design was inspired by the plenty of an autumn harvest, "pumpkin", "corn", "corn harvest" and other seasonal shades.
For more on the history of this holiday, click the cornucopia!