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Americans Celebrating Thanksgiving even in COVID

As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak – one of the world’s worst – Americans have been conducting subdued Thanksgiving celebrations. Some practices have persisted, such as New York City‘s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which was closed to spectators. Some, despite warnings from health authorities, have also traveled home to celebrate the holiday.

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In what was the busiest travel weekend since the outbreak started in mid-March, more than three million individuals are estimated to have traveled via US airports from Friday to Sunday.

But the number is around half the normal Thanksgiving trip figure, and several individuals have opted out of seeing friends and family for the holiday.

On the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving, which sees Americans gather with their families for celebrations on a scale that exceeds Christmas, falls. This year is the 400th anniversary of the holiday.

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History of Thanksgiving

The root of Thanksgiving dates back to 1620, when the Pilgrims landed on American soil.

Unfortunately, they were in for a harsh winter with tight rations for those who had emigrated.

The settlers were eventually able to go and plant crops when spring came.

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A Native American, named Squanto, supported them.

He is famous for teaching them how to fish and hunt, and how to plant maize, pumpkins and squash.

They were able to store enough food with these new found skills to be sure they would survive the coming winter on American soil.

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The Native Americans were invited by the thankful pilgrims to join them for a massive harvest feast that has since become known as Thanksgiving.

For hundreds of years since then the custom has persisted, with families around the US sitting down for a feast to celebrate this initial meal.

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Covid rules for Thanksgiving

A collection of guidelines have been proposed by the CDC to reduce Covid’s spread this Thanksgiving. They are the following:

Have a small dinner with all the people living in your home.

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Prepare and distribute traditional family recipes to family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease, in a way that does not require interaction with others.

Have a virtual dinner with friends and family to share recipes

On the day after Thanksgiving or the following Monday, shop online rather than in person.

Catch sporting events from home, parades, and movies

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