Panola College closed for Thanksgiving week


Campus will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving, November 19-23.

Panola College students will enjoy a Thanksgiving holiday for the week of November 19-23.

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States. In 1621, one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies was a shared autumn harvest feast by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be celebrated every November. Although Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced to the other side of the Atlantic. An annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, Thanksgiving can be categorized as a festival that spans cultures, continents and millennia.

Thanksgiving was once celebrated due to its religious significance, now celebrated by cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. A common Thanksgiving Day activity is volunteering; communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate. An integral part of the holiday are parades in cities and towns across the United States.

The term “Black Friday” was not applied to holiday shopping but to a financial crisis: the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers. In the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term “Black Friday” to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year.

In the late 1980s, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively rather than negatively, on them and their customers. The most dedicated shoppers can head out right after their Thanksgiving meal. Many stores advertise big sales, and some shoppers stand in long lines to be the first inside the doors on Black Friday.

Whatever the family tradition, enjoying time together to share a meal, play games, watch football or shop, the Thanksgiving holiday is an American tradition!