Click here to go back to the homepage to learn English...Add a new lesson / test
Please log in!


Remember me
I've lost my password


2 million accounts created!
JOIN our free club and learn English now!



  • Home
  • Print
  • Guestbook
  • Report a bug




  • GREAT!
    Get a free English lesson every week! 2 MILLION subscribers!
    Click here!






    Ads:







    Partners:
    - English translator
    - Our other sites
       


    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #645: Two Thanksgivings
    > Other English exercises on the same topic: USA [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - British English/American English - New Year - History of the USA - Voting in the USA - Wanna Gotta Gonna - American States - Halloween - Jerry Springer
    > Double-click on words you don't understand


    Two Thanksgivings





    SCRIPT
    Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November. Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday on the second Monday in October.

    There are stories that the English explorer Martin Frobisher held the first Thanksgiving celebration in Canada in fifteen seventy-eight. But a researcher at York University in Toronto found that these stories are false.

    Peter Stevens gives credit for the holiday to Protestant Christian leaders in Ontario province in the nineteenth century. Mister Stevens says they took the idea of the American celebration and created a version for Canada, although they did not just copy it.

    He says the observance became an expression of Canadian nationalism. He says it lost its Protestant religious meaning in the early twentieth century, and Canadians created their own traditions. The government established the holiday in October because it was early enough in the year for people to spend the day outdoors.

    Thanksgiving in the United States developed from a celebration of English settlers known as Pilgrims. They are believed to have held the first Thanksgiving meal in sixteen twenty-one. They had arrived in what is now the northeastern United States a year earlier. Soon, more than half had died of disease or lack of food.

    Those who survived thanked God. They also thanked the Native Americans who showed them how to fish and plant crops. The Pilgrims and the Indians celebrated together for about three days. Within a few years, though, the Indians and the growing number of settlers were at war.

    Today a Thanksgiving celebration might last three hours. Americans traditionally prepare some of the same foods eaten at that first Thanksgiving. This includes turkey, sweet potatoes, squash, corn, cranberries and pumpkin pie. And this is similar to what Canadians eat on their day for giving thanks.



    Twitter Share
    English exercise "Two Thanksgivings" created by webmaster with The test builder
    Click here to see the current stats of this English test [Save] [Load] [?]


    1. Americans and Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day.

    2. Why did the Canadian government choose that date?

    3. Who were Pilgrims?

    4. When was Thanksgiving first celebrated in the USA?

    5. What is 'Thanksgiving'?









    End of the free exercise to learn English: Two Thanksgivings
    A free English exercise to learn English.
    Other English exercises on the same topic : USA | All our lessons and exercises


    Partager : Facebook / Google+ / Twitter / ... 


    > INDISPENSABLES : TESTEZ VOTRE NIVEAU | GUIDE DE TRAVAIL | NOS MEILLEURES FICHES | Les fiches les plus populaires | Aide/Contact

    > COURS ET EXERCICES : Abréviations | Accords | Adjectifs | Adverbes | Alphabet | Animaux | Argent | Argot | Articles | Audio | Auxiliaires | Chanson | Communication | Comparatifs/Superlatifs | Composés | Conditionnel | Confusions | Conjonctions | Connecteurs | Contes | Contraires | Corps | Couleurs | Courrier | Cours | Dates | Dialogues | Dictées | Décrire | Démonstratifs | Ecole | Etre | Exclamations | Famille | Faux amis | Français Langue Etrangère / Langue Seconde |Films | Formation | Futur | Fêtes | Genre | Goûts | Grammaire | Grands débutants | Guide | Géographie | Heure | Homonymes | Impersonnel | Infinitif | Internet | Inversion | Jeux | Journaux | Lettre manquante | Littérature | Magasin | Maison | Majuscules | Maladies | Mots | Mouvement | Musique | Mélanges | Méthodologie | Métiers | Météo | Nature | Nombres | Noms | Nourriture | Négations | Opinion | Ordres | Participes | Particules | Passif | Passé | Pays | Pluriel | Politesse | Ponctuation | Possession | Poèmes | Pronominaux | Pronoms | Prononciation | Proverbes | Prépositions | Présent | Présenter | Quantité | Question | Relatives | Sports | Style direct | Subjonctif | Subordonnées | Synonymes | Temps | Tests de niveau | Tous/Tout | Traductions | Travail | Téléphone | Vidéo | Vie quotidienne | Villes | Voitures | Voyages | Vêtements

    > INFORMATIONS : Copyright - En savoir plus, Aide, Contactez-nous [Conditions d'utilisation] [Conseils de sécurité] [Plan du site] Reproductions et traductions interdites sur tout support (voir conditions) | Contenu des sites déposé chaque semaine chez un huissier de justice | Mentions légales / Vie privée / Cookies | Mentions légales / Vie privée / Cookies.
    | Cours et exercices de français 100% gratuits, hors abonnement internet auprès d'un fournisseur d'accès.