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Football, family and parade floats: Traditions return on US Thanksgiving Day

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  • 송고시간 2021-11-26 03:00
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People take a selfie in front of the Grogu "Baby Yoda" balloon as it is inflated the day before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York City on Nov 24, 2021. (File photo by= REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] NEW YORK: Americans on Thursday (Nov 25) will pack football stadiums, flock to parades and gather more freely for family feasts, grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving Day traditions again after the pandemic kept many at home last year, Reuters reported.

The holiday dates to the early 17th Century, when pilgrims from Europe and Native Americans gathered to share the autumn bounty - a celebration of goodwill before the genocide that was to come. Nowadays, the approach of the long holiday weekend typically ignites a frenzy of travel as scattered families come together for holiday meals. Now that vaccines have made the pandemic more manageable, an estimated 53.4 million people will travel for Thanksgiving, up 13 percent from 2020, according to the American Automobile Association. Air travel is expected to recover to about 91 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Families are excited to bring multiple generations together again.


Midnight after Thanksgiving also marks the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, offering a snapshot of the state of the economy. Still, Americans are cautious with COVID-19 infecting 95,000 people a day. More than 777,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a Reuters count of official data. But deaths are now measured in the hundreds per day instead of the thousands.