Summary: Explanation about Halloween and Thanksgiving tradition in North America.
Halloween was brought to North America when Irish and Scottish immigrants brought their Halloween festival in 1800s.
On Halloween day, children dress up along with dressed up adults and trick-or-treating door-to-door is the main event. The National Retail Federation found that 65 percent of adults attend Halloween costume parties today.
Before the Halloween day comes, they go to pumpkin patches, to see a scary movies, or community haunted houses. According to the National Retail Federation, US consumers spends average of $44 per household on Halloween such as candies, costumes and decorations.
Halloween is the part of Christian tradition, but some Christian groups doesn’t participate on Halloween event because they want to avoid Halloween figures like witches and ghosts for their children.
Thanksgiving is originated in ancient Greeks and Romans. Ancien Greeks enjoyed three-day festival for the goddess of corn and grains. Also, Romans had a similar celebration include music, parades, games, sports and a feast. Then modern Thanksgiving is brought to North America in 1620 by a group of Puritans via Holland.
The major meal during thanksgiving is stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce and yams, corns, green beans, and pie as the desert. After the thanksgiving, they make turkey soup from the leftover turkey.
Aside from Thanksgiving meal, the biggest traditions are football and parades on the Thanksgiving Day. The Thanksgiving parades started early 20th century; Thanksgiving is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Therefore, Macy’s sponsors parades on the Thanksgiving Day to attract customers.
Some family choose to join the volunteer activities on Thanksgiving Day.