Thanksgiving is a day set aside each year where people in the United States and Canada give thanks for all the blessings they received during the year by feasting and celebrating together.

Thanksgiving first started in New England. It was created for thanking God for the abundant harvest of crops. This is usually somewhere in late fall when the crops have been harvested. People from many parts of the world have been holding some kind of harvest festivals for thousands of years. They just called it by different names, for example:

U.K. – Harvest Festival UK

China – mid-autumn festival

Korea – Chu Suk, or also known as the Harvest Moon Festival.

India – Indian Harvest Festival

Thanksgiving initially started as a religious festival; however, in the present day, people use it as a day to eat a lot of food, watch football and spend time with family. Traditional thanksgiving dinners usually include turkeys, cranberries, fish, dried fruit, clams, venison, plums, lobsters, and obviously, pumpkin pie. But aside from the huge meal we stuff in our bellies, this day is for family. We don’t work nor attend school. We sit around with loved ones and have a great, memorable time.

It is important for us to always give thanks and express gratitude for everything in our life. As students, we can never forget to thank our parents and guardians for the unconditional love and support they give while we embark on our education. As teachers, we must give thanks to the students and parents, because it is them who have put their trust in our hands to enrich and grow their children. Being thankful can sometimes be overlooked, and one day a year is not enough; we need three-hundred and sixty-five.

Be happy and say thank you to the ones you love.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Raymond Vardja

English Coordination