New York Tens of thousands of people in New York cheered on giant helium balloons in the traditional Thanksgiving Parade. Native Americans meanwhile remember the oppression by European settlers.
In the US, people celebrated the traditional Thanksgiving festival for the second time in the shadow of the corona pandemic. After an extensive forced break last year, tens of thousands of people cheered giant helium balloons in New York on Thursday at the traditional Thanksgiving Parade. “My message is: After two years (…) America is back. There is nothing we cannot overcome, “said US President Joe Biden on the phone while speaking to a television presenter during the parade.
Biden and his wife Jill also posted a video greeting to the people of the country. “After we were separated last year, we now appreciate even more the little moments that we can’t plan or repeat,” said Jill Biden. The President paid special tribute to the military’s commitment. He and his wife spent the festival with the family on the vacation island of Nantucket in the US state of Massachusetts. There the couple also visited the coast guard and wished the emergency services a happy Thanksgiving festival.
It was only on Wednesday evening that it became known that the 79-year-old Biden had had a “benign-looking” polyp removed from his colon in the past week. The tubular adenoma was around three millimeters in size, wrote doctor Kevin O’Connor in a letter. An adenoma is a slowly growing tumor, but is considered a possible precursor to cancer. No further measures are currently necessary. The tissue should now be examined after it was removed last Friday.
Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays in the United States. Many families come together for the traditional turkey meal on the long weekend. The travel volume in the country is then particularly high. Last year, many people had stayed at home because of the pandemic – this time the situation was much more normal. Although the corona numbers are rising again in the USA – the situation is currently by no means comparable to Germany. America was hit by a violent delta wave in the summer. “We hold in our hearts those we have lost,” said President Biden on his video greeting.
In New York, the Thanksgiving Parade was back on the usual route and with more than a dozen balloons. Among other things, Snoopy, Spongebob, a Smurf and Chase from “PawPatrol” floated along Central Park and through the street canyons of Manhattan in Midtown. Last year, due to the pandemic, the spectacle took place in a corona-compliant manner – much smaller, only in one place and only seen online for viewers. The parade, hosted by Macy’s department store chain, was held for the 95th time this year.
Native Americans from all over New England, meanwhile, are commemorating the repression by European settlers in the port city of Plymouth. There is no reason for the indigenous people to celebrate the arrival of the settlers, said Kisha James, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes and granddaughter of Wamsutta Frank James, the founder of the National Day of Mourning. Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday in the United States and Canada, the Thanksgiving Day, which commemorates the Pilgrim Fathers.
“We want to educate people so that they understand that the stories we all learned in school about the First Thanksgiving Day are nothing but lies. The Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples have certainly not lived happily ever since the pilgrims arrived, ”said James. Thanksgiving was a day of mourning for the natives as they remembered the millions of ancestors murdered by European colonists. “Today we and many indigenous peoples across the country say,” No Thanks, No Giving “.”
It was the 52nd year that the United American Indians of New England had organized this Thanksgiving Day event. The tradition began in 1970 when Indigenous peoples and their supporters wanted to gather on a hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, a memorial to the pilgrims’ arrival.
Attendees wanted to beat drums, say prayers and denounce what the organizers describe as “the unjust system based on racism, settler colonialism, sexism, homophobia and the for-profit destruction of the earth” before marching through Plymouth’s historic district.
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