The history of Thanksgiving

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Harvesting Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Feast of Blessings and Joy

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Its history is rooted in early 17th-century events and has evolved over time. Here’s a short version of the history of Thanksgiving:

Pilgrims and the Mayflower (1620): In 1620, a group of English Pilgrims seeking religious freedom sailed on the Mayflower to the New World (America). They landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts.

Harsh Winter (1620-1621): The Pilgrims faced a harsh winter with limited supplies, and many of them perished due to disease and exposure.

Native American Assistance: The Wampanoag, a Native American tribe, played a crucial role in the survival of the Pilgrims. Squanto, a member of the tribe, taught the Pilgrims agricultural techniques and helped establish relations with the Wampanoag.

First Thanksgiving (1621): In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag came together for a three-day feast to celebrate a successful harvest. This event is often considered the “First Thanksgiving.”

National Holiday: While Thanksgiving became a sporadically observed event in the following centuries, it wasn’t until the 19th century that it became a national holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday, setting the date as the final Thursday in November.

Modern Tradition: In 1941, Congress officially established Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November, where it remains today. Thanksgiving has evolved into a day for family gatherings, feasting, and expressing gratitude for the blessings of the past year.

Today, Thanksgiving is a time for people to come together with family and friends, enjoy a festive meal, and reflect on the things they are thankful for. It marks the beginning of the holiday season in the United States.