THANKSGIVING Day falls on the fourth Thursday of November, and this year, it happens to be on Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Primarily an American holiday where families gather together to give thanks for all the blessings for the year, the Thanksgiving celebration started in 1621, when pilgrims gave thanks for their bountiful harvest in Plymouth Rock one year after arriving and founding the first permanent English settlement in the region of New England. That first celebration lasted for three days, with the settlers and the natives feasting on boiled pumpkin, turkey, venison and dried fruits.
The next time Thanksgiving was celebrated was in 1789, when George Washington declared November 26 of that year, the last Thursday of November, as Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday. But then again, each state celebrated the holiday on a different date, so Thomas Jefferson decided to do away with it during his presidency. It was Abraham Lincoln who finally turned Thanksgiving Day into a national holiday in 1863 by proclaiming the last Thursday of November as a national holiday of Thanksgiving.
These days, Thanksgiving is also celebrated in other places in the world, including the Philippines, where hotels spearhead the celebration of the annual holiday.
Over at Diamond Hotel Philippines, a bountiful Thanksgiving feast is available at Corniche from November 22 to 25, 2018. Enjoy Thanksgiving fares, such as Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce served with the best trimmings, hearty stuffing and thick buttery mashed potatoes. Match this with Corniche’s Buy 1 Take 1 offer on a glass or a bottle of wine, plus a wide selection of delectable desserts.
Thanksgiving is also celebrated at Bar27, where guests often unwind after a hard day’s work by having a drink or two while enjoying the view of the dazzling Manila Bay skyline. Raise your glass to the good life in the company of friends and colleagues. Make a reservation and use the code THANKSBAR27 to get a free pica-pica.
A special treat awaits at Corniche. It comes in the form of an exclusive ONLINE OFFER on the lunch and dinner buffets at a rate of Php888nett per person from November 19 to 21, 2018. Vouchers can only be purchased via onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com.
For restaurant reservations, call 528-3000 extension 1121.
(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)