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Thanksgiving Day Facts
Thanksgiving Day is an American and Canadian holiday when everyone celebrates the harvest and all the blessings of the year that is coming to an end. Citizens of the USA generally believe that this holiday is modeled on the first 1621 harvest feast shared by Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. Thanksgiving Day is very rich in symbolism and the traditional meal on this day includes turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberries, potatoes, and bread stuffing. On this day, people gather together and have a family dinner. In this article, you will find some thanksgiving facts you might have never heard before.
- The first Plymouth's Thanksgiving started when a group of colonists went out fowling.
Next, about hundred Wampanoag people brought venison with them to the feast, which already included the fowl, fish, shellfish, vegetables, and beer. Since Plymouth did not have many buildings, most of them ate outside while sitting on the ground. The men were entertaining themselves, while struggling to have a conversation in broken English and Wampanoag. Due to this celebration, a treaty between the Pilgrims and Native Americans appeared which lasted until King Philip's War.
- The colonists started a tradition to celebrate this day regularly, thanking God for blessings, for example, for military victory, the end of a drought, etc.
- Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday only after Northerners had a commanding influence on the federal government.
- Eventually, on the 3rd of October, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed this day to be a national holiday, celebrated on the 26th of November (Thursday). Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed every year by each president thereafter.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to extend the Christmas shopping season by moving the date to the third week in November. But several states did not comply, and in 1941, he proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
- With time, as the USA became a more urban country and family members started living farther apart, this holiday became a reason to gather together.
Thanksgiving Day lost its religious roots. Eventually, this holiday started to symbolize intercultural peace, the plenty of opportunities America has to provide newcomers with, and the sanctity of home and family.
- In Canada, this holiday originated in the colonial period from the similar European traditions, when people were grateful for peace, safe journeys, and bountiful harvests.
In 1879 this holiday was proclaimed the national holiday celebrated on the 6th of November. The date of celebration has varied from year to year. Since 1957 this holiday has been celebrated annually on the second Monday in October.