Thanksgiving Day is an American holiday which encourages people to be thankful for the other people in their lives. The first Thanksgiving day was celebrated by colonists and Indians in 1621 as they shared a autumn harvest feast. Although, this date was not the official beginning of this holiday. The first official day was set in 1823, in the middle of the Civil War, when president Abraham Lincoln decided to let it be held at the every end of November. Nowadays, it is a public holiday and people return to their family homes for this day off. Americans usually celebrate by eating a traditional turkey and trying to be nicer than usual.
Some interesting facts about the day which follows Thanksgiving Day and has become a ‘tradition’ as well:
There’s one day in the year, when people around the world become crazy about buying things, going to stores etc. This day is called Black Friday. It’s an informal name for the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). According to Wikipedia, Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952. During this day, most shops are opened very early and offer promotional sales. In some states, Black Friday is considered as a day off for employees and schools, even if it’s not an official holiday.
“The Day After Thanksgiving” has been the busiest shopping day in the year since 2005. During this day, over 100 millions of Americans do the shopping.
For a few years Black Friday is popular in other countries. In Poland promotions aren’t as big as in the US, but people are still eager to wait for lower prices and buy some things, even if they don’t need them…
news prepared by Mateusz Gzel and Nikodem Buszko from 1 G edited by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary ! Congratulations and all the best to the Royal couple !
Find out how the Monarchs mark their milestone at : https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-pictures-queen-elizabeth-prince-philip-70th-wedding-anniversary/
On 5th November 2017 a massacre occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In this small town, where people know each other, at the Baptist Church, 26 people were killed and 20 other were wounded in a shooting. A perpetrator was indentified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26-year-old former soldier of U.S. Air Force. It is said that the reason of the shooting was Kelley’s family problems and conflict with his mother-in-law. After the intervention of the police and armed citizens Kelley tried to escape. During car chase, Kelley’s car suddenly pulled of the road. The gunman was found dead; cause – gunshot. It is uncertain if the injury was done by the police. After the Sutherland Springs incident (like after every mass shooting in the USA) once again the issue of ownership of guns has returned…
News prepared by Kacper Górak from IIIB.
Find out what the Poppies symbolize and how the British celebrate November 11 at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/armistice-day-remembrance-sunday-2017-11498634?service=responsive. Enjoy!
… The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
This English Folk poem dating back to 1870 introduces us to an important British tradition of Guy Fawkes Night or Gunpowder Plot Day. Who was the man trying to blow up the Parliament in 1605? How and where do the British celebrate this festival? What is an ‘effigy’? Find out about it and much more at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/guy-fawkes-fireworks-night-story-11413093 . Maybe one day YOU will have the opportunity to join this unique celebration! Or have you already …. ?
news prepared by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka