While sending holiday greetings to friends, it dawned on me why not create a Global Thanksgiving not confined by national boundaries?
A GLOBAL THANKSGIVING
How about a global thanksgiving on a set date? Happy Global Thanksgiving or Happy Thanksgiving, World may have a certain ring to it?
While taking some time to wish some friends the best for the upcoming holidays it dawned on me that more and more my friends live in many different countries. This did not dissuade me from wishing these friends a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ knowing full well this holiday primarily occurs in the United States and Canada. Why not have a Global Thanksgiving?
What I would like to propose is to consider a global thanksgiving based on the nationally accepted standard of the fourth Thursday of November each year (US). After having completed some research I have only seen one other organization touting to celebrate a global thanksgiving on the Sunday before the Canadian and US official holiday and this does not seem to have taken root. Please, this is just a thought that was actually spawned and recommended by a couple of supporting friends; however, Thanksgiving is known by so many, worldwide, albeit, not celebrated. Hence, I humbly submit my recommendation. I believe, of all times in mankind’s history on earth, this time may have come. Further, could it not possibly benefit us more as we have developed into a more interdependent, global community? In a civilization still fraught with religious and political intolerance, could this become a bridge to span these divides? Could this actually be a start to realizing such a thanksgiving may not just usher in a successful harvest, yet usher in the possibility that man no longer kills man? To this end, just this concept and its movements forward can only benefit mankind now and in the future, would we not agree?
Stop and think of this concept: Instead of harvesting a sea of souls in a celebration of death by war, we could one day harvest a sea of souls in a celebration of life by peace? Of course, many demonstrative changes must occur. To date, there has not been one. I am not concerned so much of how it must start; it is time it should. Period. All of us are involved in this thought train, all of us.
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Here is a brief history of how this started and how this holiday developed: A thanksgiving was celebrated in England in the 1500’s for a good harvest of crops. Although, over the years many areas of the world have celebrated a form of thanksgiving when a harvest yielded bountiful results. The first actually generally accepted thanksgivings had its roots in Canada in 1578. By the time the Puritans decided to leave England and its pagan-based multitude of celebrations, including Christmas and Easter and travel to the then undiscovered country of America in 1621. It was not until November 26, 1789 that President George Washington created the first official observance of Thanksgiving. After this proclamation, Thanksgiving was only loosely observed until President Abraham Lincoln called for a national celebration on the last Thursday of November. Due to the Civil War, Lincoln’s proclamation was not recognized until the Reformation after the war in the 1870’s. It was not until December 26, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt submitted the resolution to Congress to make the official date to be the fourth Thursday of November, each year. To note, first official Thanksgiving was observed in Canada on April 15, 1872. Later, the Canadian Parliament made the first Monday of October as the official, permanent Thanksgiving celebration so as not to conflict with the same holiday in the United States in 1957. Ultimately, the United States adopted the Canadian Thanksgiving observance to coincide with Columbus Day.
The iconic turkey was the last to become the main course of a thanksgiving celebration. Although, any main course is completely acceptable, over the years a symbolic turkey has been pardoned as a presidential act each year.
With this being said, what do you think? How about a Global Thanksgiving Day? We here at Universal Digest are more than ready to celebrate.