Thursday, November 26, 2015
Thanksgiving is an American national holiday. The purpose is, in the words of George Washington, "that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us."
It's an American holiday (there are similar holidays elsewhere, but each is an independent holiday with a different origin and history) but everyone everywhere who loves reason and liberty should join in. We have much for which to be thankful. And we will have much more.
(Read the entirety of George Washington's proclamation of Thanksgiving here.)