National Day of Thanksgiving is a public holiday on the Turks and Caicos Islands that is observed on every fourth Friday of November.
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The date puts this holiday rather close to American Thanksgiving Day in both name and timing, with the latter occurring on the fourth Thursday of November. However, the holiday is not officially based on the US precedent and differs from American Thanksgiving in many respects.
In 2014, the prime minister of Turks and Caicos issued a declaration making National Day of Thanksgiving a public holiday. He did this with the support of the people, and he encouraged them to take the day off work and focus on the great, bounteous blessings bestowed upon them, including not least of all their family, friends, and homeland.
In Turks and Caicos, Thanksgiving is much more of a religious event, with church services held all over the islands and a special Thanksgiving church programs put on. That’s still true of American Thanksgiving in some quarters, granted, but for many, it’s become more “Turkey Day” than anything. In Turks and Caicos, the contrast is strong insofar as the whole population tends to focused on giving God thanks for his many blessings.