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The History of Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day
The History of Thanksgiving Day

The event that Americans commonly call the “first Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in November 1621. This feast lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native American Wampanoag people and 53 survivors of the Mayflower (Pilgrims).

Thanksgiving Day is a time for families and friends to come together and give thanks for the blessings of the past year. The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Many families also have their own unique traditions, such as watching football, playing board games, or going on a family outing.

The history of Thanksgiving Day is intertwined with the history of the United States. It was first celebrated in 1621, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Indians gathered to give thanks for a successful harvest. The celebration lasted three days and included feasting, games, and prayer. This event is often referred to as the first Thanksgiving.

In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation declaring the first national Thanksgiving Day. This day was celebrated on the last Thursday of November, and it was a day of prayer and thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Day Foods

The centerpiece of the meal is usually a large roasted turkey. This is usually served with a variety of side dishes such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and gravy. The stuffing is usually made with a combination of bread, herbs, and vegetables, while the mashed potatoes are often served with butter, cream, and herbs. Sweet potatoes are often baked and topped with marshmallows or a crunchy streusel topping. Green beans are usually cooked with bacon and onions for added flavor. Cranberry sauce is a tart and sweet accompaniment to the turkey, while the gravy is made with the pan drippings from the roasted turkey.

Another traditional dish served on Thanksgiving Day is pumpkin pie. This dessert is made with a spiced pumpkin puree, sugar, and spices, and is usually served with a dollop of whipped cream. Other desserts may include apple pie, pecan pie, and even ice cream.

Thanksgiving Day is also a time for family and friends to give thanks for the blessings they have received throughout the year. This is done with a traditional prayer of thanksgiving before the meal is served. This is a time for reflection and gratitude, and is a reminder of how much we have to be thankful

Thanksgiving Day Celebrations Around the World

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a national holiday, and many people take the day off from work and school. On Thanksgiving Day, people gather around the dinner table to enjoy a traditional meal that usually includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. After the meal, families often play games or watch football.

In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October. The holiday has a similar meaning and tradition to the American celebration, but the traditional meal includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, turnips, squash, and cranberry sauce.

In Germany, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of October. It is a religious holiday that is celebrated in the Protestant churches. On this day, people give thanks to God for the blessings of the year.

In Japan, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday of November. It is a national holiday, and it is a time for families to gather around the dinner table and enjoy a traditional meal. The meal usually includes fish, tempura, and rice.

The Role of Thanksgiving Day in American Social Life

Thanksgiving Day has its roots in the harvest festivals of early colonial America. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims had just finished their first successful harvest in the New World and wanted to give thanks for their good fortune. The Wampanoag Indians joined them in their celebration, bringing food to share.

Today, Thanksgiving Day is a time for families to come together and give thanks for all the blessings in their lives. It is a day of reflection and gratitude, and a time to celebrate the blessings of family, friends, and community.

Thanksgiving Day is also a time for families to gather around the dinner table and share a meal. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are common on the dinner table. Other popular dishes include sweet potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving Day is also a time for families to express their gratitude for all the blessings in their lives. Many families take the opportunity to give back to their community by volunteering at a local soup kitchen or food pantry. Others may choose to donate money or goods to a local charity or organization.

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By Chala Dandessa

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