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Thanksgiving Day is probably one of the most important national holidays in the United States. It is not a religious date per sé and for that reason is celebrated by almost everybody, regardless of their beliefs.
Families get together to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. This year Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 26.
Although this day is not officially celebrated in Panama, due to the connection that many Panamanians have with the United States, the tradition is carried out in many households. Restaurants and hotels offer traditional Thanksgiving lunches and dinners at reasonable prices, for those who want to enjoy a feast without bothering to cook.
Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, Grenada, Liberia, Australia, St Lucia and even in the United Kingdom where is marked by churches and schools in late September/early October with singing, praying and decorating with baskets of food and fruit to celebrate a successful harvest and to give thanks.