Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Day ...on November 22nd.

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. This year Thanksgiving fell on Thursday, November 22nd. I think most of us know or have heard of this particular day, now a bit on the history... it was celebrated as a "day of thanksgiving" to 'God' in 1619 when a group of English settlers first arrived in Virginia. Picture by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1850-1930)
It was also celebrated in 1621 by the early settlers in Massachusetts who were particularly grateful to the Native American who taught them how to both catch eel and grow corn in order to survive in the New World. So now if you watch scenes of Thanksgiving Dinner on TV, you'ld remember its history in blogsini... he..he..
Thank You
For us muslims, kesyukuran atau giving thanks to Allah Almighty for the things we have achieved do not need a special date or time... hanya dulu2 orang kampung kita suka buat kenduri doa selamat pada hari Khamis malam Juma'at.
These days, Thanksgiving Day is part of a four-day long weekend which usually marks a pause in school and college calendars. The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday - a day to shop like crazy! There would be sales everywhere and some stores even open as early as 5am. Hardcore shoppers would start queue the night before. But my husband only got Thanksgiving's day off! Nevertheless, we took the opportunity to go down to 17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach in the early morning of Thanksgiving Day with Salbiah, Faizal & Yazmin. Cuaca nampak panas.... but the wind really makes it sejuuk.. A few Head of Companies would be coming down so it's good to check out first the location of the Golf Course there. Story on 17-Mile Drive is in my next read on... :-)
A few days before the holiday, topics on Thanksgiving would fill TV programs: be it news, talkshows or cookshows. From lessons on roasting the turkey & preparing the stuffing, to adorning center pieces on the dinner table. Thanksgiving meals are traditionally family events where certain kinds of food are served - most of which are native to North America. Those that are associated to a Thanksgiving Dinner are stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, turnips, yams and various kinds of pies: apple pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
Thanksgiving Dinner
The star is of course a large roasted turkey! I haven't tasted yet daging turkey (ayam belanda).. I hear it's available in the 'halal' meat shops here. Menu Thanksgiving Dinner sama saja dengan Christmas dinner.....macam lah kita, ada lemang, ketupat, rendang, nasi impit & kuah kacang yang begitu sinonim dengan Hari Raya. I am surprised to know the 'Mat Sallehs' here have the concept of 'balik kampung'. Like our highways, the multi-lane freeways here jammed up in the rush to be on time for their special dinner...
Yazmin all bundled up! Kalau jatuh .....tergolek situ la, dah tak boleh bangun sendiri... he..he....

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