Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, the citizens of the United States celebrate the thanksgiving o Thanksgiving Day, one of the most important celebrations from that country, who intends to thank you for everything you have. It was an “white settler act of generosity” to Native Americans.
From the beginning, the motive was to give thanks for everything received over the past year (health, work, well-being, love). It has its origin in the first meeting that the British pilgrims and Native Americans to dine and give thanks.
The origin of the celebration
The origin of the celebration dates back to the year 1621when the newly arrived Englishmen in Plymouth (today Massachusetts, United States) and the Wampanoag Indians who lived there, gathered to celebrate the autumn harvest. That dinner is considered the first Thanksgiving in history.
According to the English chronicler Edward Winslow, the pilgrims met the indigenous Squanto, who helped them survive the harsh winter. Upon harvesting their first corn, the colonists decided to have a party to celebrate the event. They invited 90 indigenous people, who lived with them and brought five deer for the meal, which included duck, goose, venison, shellfish, white bread, cornbread, and vegetables.
Since when is it a holiday in the US?
President Abraham Lincoln did the official proclamation in 1863 (more than 200 years after the first holiday) that the American people celebrated the last Thursday of November as a “day of praise and thanksgiving with the Creator.”
Before 1863, presidents declared a holiday based on how they felt. Thomas Jefferson never proclaimed the Thanksgiving celebration. It wasn’t until Lincoln stepped up and made it an official US holiday.
In 1939 he was ahead of Fourth Thursday of November by former President Franklin Roosevelt, with the intention of extending the holiday shopping period and stimulating economic activity during the great depression.
What does the celebration consist of?
The American holiday (which even extends to Canada) is particularly rich in legends and symbolism, and the traditional thanksgiving food usually includes turkey stuffed with fruits and vegetables, bread, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie.