Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday in the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This holiday has been celebrated since 1789 and was originated as a harvest festival. From 1863 it has been celebrated as a federal holiday, proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln. As well as New Years Eve and Christmas, Thanksgiving is also a part of the holiday season in the United States. The First Thanksgiving was celebrated after the first harvest of the Pilgrims in October 1621. The festival lasted three days and was celebrated by about 50 pilgrims and over 90 Native Americans. Nowadays, Thanksgiving is an important holiday for families all over the United States. It's common to provide food for the poor around Thanksgiving time. Most communities collect packaged and canned food and distrubute this before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, the Salvation Army serves Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of people, with the help of volunteers. Next to that, it's common that on five days afteer Thanksgiving the American People celebrate charitable giving, which is called "Giving Tuesday". As mentioned before, since 1621 the Thanksgiving dinner is celebrated with dinner, but nowadays it's become very common to have a Thanksgiving that includes the serving of Turkey. Some people like to go out hunting to find a turkey, but it's most common to buy a turkey at your local supermarker or butcher. Turkey is usually roasted and stuffed, be deep-fried. In The United States in average over 45 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving, with over 85 percent of the American people that participates in Thanksgiving dinners. Next to turkey, other (side)dishes that are common for Thanksgiving dinners are sweet potatoes, gravy, vegetables, pumpkin and cranberry sauce. Because of the size of the standard Thanksgiving dinner, statistics show that Americans eat more food on this day than on any other day of the year.