Aunque ahora empieza el verano y nos queda muy lejos noviembre, que es cuando se celebra en Estados Unidos Thanksgiving Day, concretamente el cuarto jueves del mes, nunca está mal aprender algunas cosillas relacionadas con la cultura americana.

¿Qué comen las familias ese día? Yes, you have guess it! Turkey, potatoes and vegetables!

Para ellos es un día muy importante, así que visten sus mejores galas, bendicen la mesa y comen todos juntos, grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, children…:

«Dear Lord, on this Day, we thank you for the many blessings we have received during this past year. Amen.»

Y ahora lee este pequeño texto tomado de Elizabeth Laird, Faces of the U.S.A., New York, Longman, 1987, p. 69:

“The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the «Pilgrim Fathers,» some of the first Europeans who came to live in North America. At the end of the first year in their new land, they made a feast. They cooked the turkeys, pumpkins, and corn which the Indians had taught them to eat, and invited the Indians to share the meal. They said prayers, and thanked God that they were still alive (…)

After dinner, most of the Americans will watch the football game on TV. But first, it’s time for dessert. Everyone knows what it will be. The children even sing a song about it.

«Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”

Desde que los primeros peregrinos, los Pilgrim Fathers, compartieron su mesa con los indios Wampanoag y Pequamid, que vivían en los bosques vecinos, Thanksgiving Day es un día para compartir en familia y con los amigos y vecinos.