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Fakesgiving – May 30, 2023

Fakesgiving, celebrated on May 30 this year, is a holiday celebrated either to honor the fact that family and friends can be celebrated at any random time, or as a sarcastic version of the Thanksgiving holiday. In terms of the core elements that make up the holiday, it is hardly any different from the Thanksgiving holiday itself; a meal is prepared, family and friends are present, everyone gathers around a table and says what they’re ‘fakesful’ for, and generally everyone has fun and creates memories with one another. The values and ambience surrounding Thanksgiving are not exactly replicated on Fakesgiving, however, there is the unmistakable gathering of friends and loved ones with the aim of having a good time.

History of Fakesgiving

Fakesgiving is a holiday that was necessitated by a global pandemic keeping everyone indoors over protracted periods.It is a relatively new holiday about which not much is known, but one definite fact is that it was born from Thanksgiving. The history of the Thanksgiving holiday in North America is rooted in English traditions that date as far back as the Protestant Reformation. The holiday also has some elements of the harvest festivals, despite the harvest season in New England occurring long before November, the month in which Thanksgiving is celebrated.

The English Reformation, which occurred during Henry VIII’s reign, made traditions of special thanksgiving religious services a thing of importance. Prior to 1536, England had 95 church holidays, in addition to the 52 Sundays in each year, when it was required of people to attend church and abandon work. By virtue of the Church of England’s reforms in 1536, as well as Puritan Sabbatarianism, the church holidays were to be replaced by days that were regarded as special Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving, as a response to events that were deemed to be acts of special providence.

Days of thanksgiving were called for as a result of occurrences that were considered to be divine blessings, and these were observed through Christian church services as well as other gatherings. Two instances of this were the Days of Thanksgiving, which were declared following the 1588 victory over the Spanish Armada and the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1605. Following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, a special annual Day of Thanksgiving commenced the following year in 1606, and it became the foundation for Guy Fawkes Day on November 5. Annual thanksgiving prayers were dictated by the charter of English settlers following their safe landing in America in 1619 at Berkeley Hundred in Virginia

Fakesgiving timeline

1536
Church of England Reforms

The Church of England, through its reforms in, including Puritan Sabbatarianism, cancels most of the existing church holidays at the time.

1588
Thanksgiving is Held Following a Victor

A Day of Thanksgiving is declared by the Church of England following the victory over the Spanish Armada.

1606
A Special Thanksgiving

A special annual thanksgiving day is declared following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot.

1619
Annual Thanksgiving Prayers at Berkeley Hundred

The English settlers declare annual thanksgiving prayers following their successful landing at Berkeley Hundred.

Fakesgiving FAQs

What is Fakesgiving?

Fakesgiving is an American holiday modeled after Thanksgiving and celebrated among family and friends.

Is Fakesgiving real?

Yes it is. Fakesgiving, despite the funny sounding name, is a real holiday.

How long has Fakesgiving existed?

Fakesgiving has existed for less than two years, having been celebrated for the first time on May 30, 2020.

Fakesgiving Activities

  1. Make a meal

    Prepare a delicious meal. Share it with your family members and friends and enjoy delicious food.

  2. Invite family and friends

    The main idea behind Fakesgiving as we now know it is to celebrate friends and family. So for Fakesgiving, it’s a good idea to invite family and friends over.

  3. Share on social media

    Share photos and videos of your Fakesgiving moments on your social media. Use the hashtag #Fakesgiving.

5 Fun Facts About Fakesgiving

  1. It’s a form of Thanksgiving

    Fakesgiving is a form of Thanksgiving — it is, in fact, a bit of a watered down version of Thanksgiving with the values remaining intact.

  2. It’s a new holiday

    Fakesgiving only started in 2020.

  3. There’s no “official bird”

    Fakesgiving has no official bird and any meal of convenience among family members and friends would suffice.

  4. It was initially celebrated virtually

    Fakesgiving was initially celebrated virtually as a result of the events surrounding its establishment.

  5. It was necessitated by a global pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 necessitated the creation of the Fakesgiving holiday.

Why We Love Fakesgiving

  1. It’s family and friends time

    Fakesgiving is for family and friends, and we know nothing beats time spent with family and friends. We absolutely love it!

  2. It’s a time to share and relax

    Fakesgiving is a time to gather and share food. Enjoy laughs and create new memories with your loved ones.

  3. It’s a time to spread positivity

    One of the foundational aims of Fakesgiving is to spread positivity. It’s even better to do so in times of uncertainty.

Fakesgiving dates

YearDateDay
2023May 30Tuesday
2024May 30Thursday
2025May 30Friday
2026May 30Saturday
2027May 30Sunday

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