Thanksgiving Celebrations in the UK

24 Nov

In America there are huge Thanksgiving celebrations planned for tomorrow, but how about in the UK? The number of Americans living in Britain is increasing all the time, so it makes sense that Thanksgiving celebrations are also growing year on year.

Thanksgiving is a festival mainly celebrated in the United States and Canada and is traditionally a chance to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. These days it is a time for family and friends to gather together every year on the fourth Thursday of November (tomorrow) and eat a huge Thanksgiving dinner.

The dinners are always based around a roast turkey as the centre dish, though this is usually matched by a huge number of accompaniments. These can include cranberry sauce, stuffing, yams, mashed potato, corn on the cob, dumplings, green beans, peas, carrots and pretty much anything else the cook fancies (a bit like the British Christmas lunch).

This American tradition is growing in popularity in the UK as more and more Americans come to live and study here, and restaurants all over the country have started serving Thanksgiving dinners. However, the award for biggest UK Thanksgiving celebrations has got to go to Plymouth this year.

The coastal city of Plymouth in Devon is going all out with its festivities this year. It all starts on Thursday morning when the Mayor will raise the American flag accompanied by a pipe band and the American national anthem. Over the weekend there are then loads of American themed celebrations, including, of course, a huge Thanksgiving dinner at a local restaurant.

Whatever you are planning to do for Thanksgiving, make sure you eat lots and have fun with friends and family.

Britain has lots of its own unique celebrations and festivities that can you read about in our light hearted Guide here.

Image: tuchodi on Flickr


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