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感恩节(Thanksgiving Day)是美国和加拿大共有的节日,原意是为了感谢上天赐予的好收成。美国的感恩节起始于1941年,是每年11月的第四个星期四,并从这一天起休假两天。加拿大的感恩节则起始于1879年,是在每年10月第二个星期一。2016年11月24日,是2016年感恩节。


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感恩节的由来要一直追溯到美国历史的发端。1620年,著名的“五月花号”船满载不堪忍受英国国内宗教迫害的清教徒102人到达美洲。1620年和1621年之交的冬天,他们遇到了难以想像的困难,处在饥寒交迫之中,冬天过后,活下来的移民只剩下50来人。基于“来者是客”的信念与习俗,印第安人给这些移民送来了生活必需品,并且教导他们狩猎、捕鱼和种植玉米、南瓜等等生存方法。在印第安人的帮助下,来自欧陆的新移民逐渐习惯了在当地的生存方式。在欢庆丰收的日子,欧陆新移民邀请印第安人一同感谢上天的赐予。在当前广为人知的感恩节版本里,往往只强调双方的友好关系以及欢乐庆贺的气氛;但也有许多人指出,只一味强调感恩节的快乐以及友好对印第安人并不公平。因为这样容易让人们倾向忘记后续对印第安人的剥削与屠杀的历史。



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尽管英国在18世纪早期才对加拿大进行稳固统治,但加拿大的感恩节仍可追溯至1578年,追溯至探险家弗罗比舍对通向大西洋的北方水道的寻找。Frobisher的感恩节不是庆祝丰收,而是庆祝他在从英格兰至加拿大的远航中幸存下来,在这次远航中,他受到风暴和冰山的威胁。在他第三次,也是最后一次通向北方的远航中,他在弗罗比舍湾的巴芬岛(今日的努纳武特)举行了一次正式的感恩庆祝活动,以此感谢上帝,并同牧师Robert Wolfall一起进行了圣餐仪式。

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.


Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.


In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day on November 5.


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