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Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of the preceding year. (Similarly named harvest festival holidays occur throughout the world during autumn, including in Germany and Japan). 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.

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Thanksgiving Day
A typical North American Thanksgiving dinner
Observed byCountries

Sub-national entities

TypeNational, cultural
Date
  • 1st Sunday in October (Germany)
  • 2nd Monday in October (Canada)
  • 1st Thursday in November (Liberia)
  • Last Wednesday in November (Norfolk Island)
  • 4th Thursday in November (U.S. and Brazil)
2022 dateOctober 10, 2022 (Canada);

November 3, 2022 (Liberia);
November 30, 2022 (Norfolk Island);

November 24, 2022 (U.S. and Brazil)
2023 dateOctober 9, 2023 (Canada);

November 2, 2023 (Liberia);
November 29, 2023 (Norfolk Island);

November 23, 2023 (U.S. and Brazil)
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