Each year in the U.S., the president kicks off the winter holiday season in an official "turkey pardoning" ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
Every year, the U.S. president will "pardon" a live turkey, ensuring that the bird will not be eaten as part of the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
What is Thanksgiving and how is it celebrated? Racing, food donations and volunteering are some of the ways Americans give thanks and give back.
American winter holidays are as diverse as the people who celebrate them. But they have a few things in common: reflection and reaching out to the needy.
Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students discuss celebrating their first Thanksgiving.