The word ‘thanksgiving’, has come to be associated with the American holiday ‘Thanksgiving Day’ which takes place each year on the fourth Thursday in November. However, not only does the word exist as a noun with its own definition, but the celebration to which it generally refers is also celebrated by other countries. A similar day of holiday exists in the Canadian calendar, although it falls on the second Monday of October, and a number of other countries around the world have their own Thanksgiving celebration, including Brazil, Korea and China. The first American Thanksgiving festivities (as we know them to be today) were in Massachusetts in 1621. The Pilgrims wanted to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and invited the native Indians to share a meal with them on this occasion, as the locals had provided them with guidance on the planting of crops. For both Americans and Canadians, this autumnal holiday is celebrated with family and friends and food. In fact, the typical Thanksgiving dinner isn’t too dissimilar to the traditional British Christmas dinner! For both, turkey is accompanied by a host of vegetables, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. However, there won’t be a Christmas pudding in sight on Thanksgiving, and dessert will be some sort of pie (think pumpkin, pecan, apple…) instead.
Now you’re up to speed on the Canadian and American Thanksgiving days, see if your language skills are as sharp by identifying the U.S. English equivalent of these U.K. English words (scroll down for answers):