National Day of Thanksgiving in Turks and Caicos Islands in 2019

National Day of Thanksgiving in Turks and Caicos Islands in 2019
Long Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos Islands. Image by Deanna Ritchie , via Unsplash
  How long until National Day of Thanksgiving?
This holiday next takes place in 10 days.
  Dates of National Day of Thanksgiving in Turks and Caicos Islands
2021 Turks and Caicos Islands Fri, Nov 26 National Holiday
2020 Turks and Caicos Islands Fri, Nov 27 National Holiday
2019 Turks and Caicos Islands Fri, Nov 29 National Holiday
2018 Turks and Caicos Islands Fri, Nov 23 National Holiday
2017 Turks and Caicos Islands Fri, Nov 24 National Holiday
  Summary
This has been a holiday since 2014 and is a day for islanders to give thanks

National Day of Thanksgiving in Turks and Caicos Islands in 2019

The 2019 date was agreed by the Cabinet at its 24th meeting in the Hilly Ewing Building, Providenciales, on October 23rd 2019.

When is National Day of Thanksgiving?

National Day of Thanksgiving is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands normally observed on the fourth Friday in November. In some years, it may be observed on the fifth Thursday.

History of National Day of Thanksgiving

The day has been a public holiday in this British Overseas Territory since it was legislated for by the Turks and Caicos government in 2014.

Although it is celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving in the US, it has no other connection to the American holiday.

In announcing the new holiday, Premier Rufus Ewing said: "This is meant to be a religious holiday with persons giving thanks to the Almighty God and also to appreciate all of our religious beliefs during this period."

Speaking ahead of Thanksgiving Day in 2017, Premier Sharlene C. Robinson said "Gratitude is a boundless force.   This infinite energy reaches beyond the borders of a single day.  We can, however, utilize this annual opportunity to reflect on the myriad of reasons for which we, individually and collectively, have to be thankful.

"Throughout our journey as individuals and as a nation, it is of utmost importance to pause, reflect and reassess to chart the course ahead; particularly with new challenges presenting new obstacles.

"As we gather with our loved ones to share in joy and kinship on this National Day of Thanksgiving, let us be mindful of the many blessings bestowed upon us."

In the Turks and Caicos islands, this holiday takes place at the end of the hurricane season, which is an occasion for any Caribbean country located in the potential path of hurricanes and tropical storms to give thanks for. Certainly, the nation has suffered from storm damage in several years, so giving thanks is appropriate to either recognise another season has passed without major disruption or give thanks that the recovery process is well underway.

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