Everything you need to know about Thanksgiving!

What is thanksgiving about?

Each year, on the last Thursday in November, the American and Canadian community gather together in their homes to celebrate all they are thankful for.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated to give thanks for the blessing of harvest. It is also important to note that Thanksgiving is thought to be just as important as the Christmas holidays by many Americans and Canadians!

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How is it celebrated?

Macy’s, a popular american department store, organise an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York that is attended by over 3 million people and broadcast live on national television. This a tradition that has continued for over 80 years, won numerous awards and is seen by more than 50 million fans across the world each year!

American football is always a favourite on Thanksgiving. This year the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Detroit Lions (5.30pm GMT / 12.30pm EST) followed by the Carolina Panthers vs the Dallas Cowboys (9.30pm GMT / 4.30pm EST).

And how can we forget the food! Roast turkey with stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, buttered rolls, gravy, green beans, and squash are just some of the delights you can expect to see, likely to be topped off with a cold refreshing beverage and a helping of candied yams or pumpkin pie!

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Origin

The history of Thanksgiving dates back to 1620, when a ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers on an adventure to the New World.  In November 1621, the Pilgrims successfully harvested their first crop of corn, so Governor William Bradford organised a celebratory feast. Both Europeans and Native Americans attended, and it’s now thought of as the first Thanksgiving, lasting three days. In 1846, author Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned for Thanksgiving to be recognised as a national holiday. This campaign lasted 17 years and before the letter she wrote to President Lincoln was successful. In 1863 legislation was passed which established a national holiday of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November every year.

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Black Friday

Black Friday lands on the Friday following Thanksgiving. This a day where retailers reduce prices to extreme levels allowing for massive discounts in an effort to increase sales. This has been a huge hit in america for a while and is moving abroad with certain brands based in the UK taking part – kick-starting the holiday shopping season.

Black Friday is a controversial event. Chaos is caused in department stores throughout the country as bargain hunters scramble to get their most desired products before another shopper snaps them up! So it doesn’t come as a surprise that accidents are common.

However, Cyber Monday has started to become a trend in many nations. The first Monday after Thanksgiving sees prices from on-line retailers fall, this obviously being a less stressful way to shop but hurry while stocks last as it has been said that Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday!

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America

So if you are thinking of travelling out to america this holiday season you may require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) but don’t worry, you’re in luck! We can help you with your visa/ESTA application!

To find out if you are eligible, or for any more information regarding travelling to the US visit our website:

http://thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/america/

“give thanks for a little and you will find a lot”

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Annual Charity Round-up

The year so far

It has been a busy year for our community and charity events! We have taken part in more events and are getting more involved with charity fundraising that we have ever been both for our chosen charity – Cancer Research UK – and for many other causes:

From having a slippers day and cake baking to getting all the men in lipstick, wearing pink and having a buffet of red food & drink… it’s safe to say we have had a lot of fun! Our main charity event of the last year was the Great Manchester Run which was much more challenging and saw 6 staff members training for many weeks in the lead up to the event – raising funds for both Mid Cheshire Hospitals Scanner Appeal and ABTA Lifeline.

We raised a total of £1,041.20 in the past 12 months!

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As we have reached the end of our financial year, it’s time for us to choose a new charity to support for 2015/16. Look out for all our future efforts in hoping to top last years total. If you have any fundraising ideas or know of any events we should get involved with, please let us know!


 

The Family Holiday Association

fhaWe have decided that we will be supporting The Family Holiday Association as our chosen charity of the year. The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

Continue reading Annual Charity Round-up

Excellence In Customer Services

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On Friday the 6th of November Crewe Hall were gracious hosts to the 19th annual South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards. The event began with a three course meal, after a glass of champagne… or two! Starters were smoked salmon and cucumber, then chicken wrapped in bacon for mains to finish with a beautiful chocolate mousse for dessert.

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Then onto the Awards!

View the full list of awards and award winners, including: Exporter of the Year, Business of the Year and Young Business Person of the Year.

The Travel Visa Company are proud to announce that we are winners of the 2015 South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards for Excellence In Customer Services!

IMAG0032As the night came to an end with the celebratory drinks and champagne flowing we then hit the dance floor… Needless to say we had an incredible night! The hard work is paying off! Everyone who could make it thoroughly enjoyed the night and those who couldn’t attend (but contributed just as much) continued the celebrations into the office the following week.

This award means a lot to us here at The Travel Visa Company as we pride ourselves on our customer service and continually seek to grow and improve. To learn more about our company, read more about the build up to the awards or visit our website.

 

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Diwali 2015

What actually is Diwali?

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the festival of lights. It is celebrated by millions of people all over the world but more commonly celebrated by members of the Sikh and Hindu religions. This year, in the UK, Diwali will be held on the 11th of November and will last until November the 13th.

“The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance”

What do people do during Diwali?

When celebrating the festival, many people decorate their houses, shops, offices and local areas with small candles known as Diyas which transform their homes and create beautiful and colourful settings, but they don’t stop there! You will be able to find families wearing their finest clothes and best jewellery whilst sharing sweet and savoury snacks, lighting various other candles and sparklers!

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India

A stunningly beautiful country with incredible sights and landmarks is a definite bucket list must have! A flight from London to Mumbai will typically take you around 9 hours but once there you have the opportunity to go to a massive amount of different attractions; The Himilayas, The Golden Triangle,  The River Ganges and of course The Taj Mahal.

Visas for India

India, being a very popular travel destination, can be painstakingly long and complex when it comes to applying for your visa, however, the team, with over 50 years combined experience, at The Travel Visa Company are here to help! You can apply for your visa with us!! We take the stress out of your visa application process.

You can now obtain what is called an e-Visa as India has now introduced a facility known as the Electonic Tourist Visa Schedule. This is a visa that can be applied for, with the help us, online paid in sterling (£) and then electronically applied to your passport.

NOTE: The time of validity of the visa will depend on the duration of your stay.

For more information you can call us on: 01270 250 590 or head back to our website.