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1 - Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day (in the USA)
It is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.
2 - Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day
It is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
Last week's word
verb [with object]
seize and hold firmly: she grasped the bottle.
• get mental hold of; comprehend fully: the way in which children could grasp complex ideas.
• [no object] (grasp at) try to seize hold of: they grasped at each other with numbed fingers | they had grasped at any means to overthrow him.
• act decisively to the advantage of (something): we must grasp the opportunities offered.
noun [in singular]
a firm hold or grip: the child slipped from her grasp.
• a person's power or capacity to attain something: he knew success was within his grasp.
• a person's understanding: meanings that are beyond my grasp | his grasp of detail.
1 she grasped his hands: GRIP, clutch, clasp, hold, clench; catch, seize, grab, snatch, latch on to. ANTONYMS release.
2 everybody grasped the important points: UNDERSTAND, comprehend, follow, take in, perceive, see, apprehend, assimilate, absorb; informal get, catch on to, figure out, get one's head around, take on board.
3 he grasped the opportunity: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, act on; seize, leap at, snatch, jump at, pounce on. ANTONYMS miss, overlook.
1 his grasp on her hand: GRIP, hold; clutch, clasp, clench.
2 his domineering mother's grasp: CONTROL, power, clutches, command, domination, rule, tyranny.
3 a prize lay within their grasp: REACH, scope, power, limits, range; sights.
4 your grasp of history: UNDERSTANDING, comprehension, perception, apprehension, awareness, grip, knowledge; mastery, command.
late Middle English: perhaps related to grope.