Origin of Thanksgiving: Truth about Thanksgiving

Every fourth Thursday of November in America, Thanksgiving is celebrated and even though all Christians do celebrate it, the dates of for the festivity are different. The origin of Thanksgiving may be traced back to the pilgrimage from Plymouth, England to the new world, America in September 1623. They braced the stormy sea and hit land in Massachusetts, therefore naming the place New England.

Scarcely equipped and unprepared for the ruthless climate and terrain of the New World, more than half of the pilgrims died before December. The remaining pilgrims seek strength in prayer and with the help of the Native Americans; they received a worthwhile amount of harvest before summer. They planted corn and pumpkins, which grew with great numbers due to the compatible climate of America. The first pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day with hundreds of Native Americans.

The Plymouth court ruled that the official day for this celebration is on November 25th but this decision did not stand for more than five years. The first national merriment for the occasion was when the American defeated the British army in Saratoga in 1777. After that, the date for this festival is noted on and off in the American holiday calendar.

In 1789, America spent the first Thanksgiving Day after George Washington issued a proclamation in the constitution. Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation speech happened when he walked passed by the graves of the soldiers from Gettysburg. He became a Christian at the time of the speech in 1863.

As Americans celebrate this momentous day every year, in reminisce of the pilgrimage in Plymouth Rock. During this day, families prepare a turkey and pumpkin dinner in tradition. Celebrations all over the world are commemorated on different dates, mainly because local tradition of saying blessings for bountiful harvest is according to the harvest time of the crop.

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