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Thanksgiving Day: Filled With Family Traditions and Oh Yea Food

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jerilyn Watson 2006-11-19 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Sp

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by jerilyn watson
2006-11-19

voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm faith lapidus.

voice two:

and i'm steve ember. our subject this week is what the writer o. henry called the one day that is purely american -- thanksgiving.

(music)

voice one:

preparations for thanksgiving dinner

this thursday is thanksgiving day. this is the one hundred forty-third official observance of the holiday. but the tradition is much older. thanksgiving is an autumn harvest festival like those found in many cultures.

today the holiday is a time of family reunions, parades and watching football games on television. and, oh yes, food. for millions of americans, thanksgiving is a day spent cooking, eating and talking.

voice two:

thanksgiving is what the social scientists call a civil holiday. it is not religious but it does have spiritual meaning. for some families, thanksgiving may be the only time of year when everyone gets together. the government says the sunday after thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for long-distance travel as people return from gatherings.

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