Barbier International is an American business and like most all American businesses, we are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. This holiday, as most of you may know, is a celebration of the annual harvest and a reflection on the blessings of the year. It originated in the 1600’s as a religious event and a cultural event with Native Americans, but is now mostly celebrated as a secular event.
October 3, 1789, George Washington created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America. He was asked by his congress “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Other presidents followed in his footsteps and declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. During The Great Depression, in 1939 there were 5 Thursdays in the month of November. President Roosevelt, with the influence of the Fred Lazarus, Jr. the owner of what would become Macy’s Department Stores, broke tradition and declared the fourth Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. It was done to give merchants a longer Christmas season with hopes of improving their sales.
This tradition stuck and now Americans celebrate it the same day each year. Today, Americans travel all over to join their families on Thanksgiving to share a meal with family and friends. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is notorious for being the busiest travel day of the year. Barbier International will participate in this as well, since many of our team members will be in various states and countries celebrating with extended families and other expatriate families. From our family to yours, Barbier International wishes everyone a peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving, no matter where you will be.