Thanksgiving History: What is Thanksgiving and Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving 2017 is a national Holiday in U.S.A, and it is celebrated in 4th Thursday of November every year. In this day, the entire family gathered together, enjoy the feast with Turkey meat and other special dishes of the day, watching football and Macy’s Parade. This day is considered to spend with the family, and entire family should be gathered around the table to enjoy the meal of the day.
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This day is celebrated as a harvest season and in the remembrance of those locals who gathered with the Pilgrim reached U.S.A in finding a place to worship according to believes and customs. They were 100’s and only 59 were alive there to join the meal with 5 women.
What is the Thanksgiving Day?
As I mentioned above, the day when the entire family gathered around a table to enjoy the special feast of the day, utter jokes, spread laughter, and watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade along with football match.
This day was started to celebrate from 1621 and the women poet was the first who struggles to convince Abraham Lincoln to make that day a national holiday.
In 1789 Congress presented the proclamation in the era of George Washington who officially declared the day as national Holiday.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated 4th Thursday of November and in this year 2017 there are 90 years of special Parade, and Macy’s store is going to make that day special with special gigantic balloons and other stuff which are the specialty of the day.
The meal which is presented in the day is the special meal of the year, and a child for sure waits throughout the year to eat those special dishes. According to the researchers, an average American eats about 8000 calories in that day. Though the Turkey Meat what is the special dish of the day with stuffing of the chicken and sweet potatoes is meant to by the dish of the day, was not the part of the feast of first Thanksgiving Day which was hosted by the Pilgrim when they harvest the first crop after spending a whole year at the land of U.S.A.
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History of the Thanksgiving Day
Though there are different stories regarding first Thanksgiving Day feast, some researchers show that the first autumn of the pilgrim which gives the first crop to them was the 28th September, and some say that was in between September to November.
When the day was considered to be the National Holiday that was the second Thursday of the November, later on, it was changed to 4th Thursday, due to some reasons. The families can buy things when they got salaries at the end of the month. On the second Thursday, there are lesser hopes to save the entire salary, so the 4th Thursday was the ideal way to put a national holiday.
There were some pilgrims who were in search for a place to live according to their religious beliefs and thoughts and in England they were finding some hurdles to obey the religious beliefs. They took a ship from England Plymouth Rock.
There were 4 masted ships, the width of the ship was 25 feet and length was about 90-110 feet, weight about 180 gross tons. There were 3 decks of the ship, the upper deck for cooking facilities, the lower deck for Crew sleeping beds and quarters and cargo deck for supply.
The Mayflower ship was built to supply goods and other supplies not for the people.
But, on September 6, 1620, the number of 102 passengers and 26 crew members left the Plymouth England in search for the new world to obey the holy customs and rules of the religion.
In that 102 number, there were 51 men, 21 boys, and 20 women and 10 girls. The oldest passenger was 64 years old and one baby also born on the board.
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The passengers were originally headed for the Hudson River near Plymouth.
They were headed for the Hudson River, today’s New York City, there were storms in the way, and frequent storms made their journey difficult and their ship dropped the anchor on November 11.
This journey took 66 days and 2750 miles were distanced, and they spend the first winder on their ship and while they built their homes there.
Later on, the pilgrims settled in Plymouth Harbor, only 53 passengers out 102 and 12 crew out of 26 survive the first winter. When the weather was improved and they established the Plymouth to a beautiful colony. On April 1621 the Mayflower sailed back to England.
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They grew to 3000 people in just some years and now the millions of the people are the resident of that society.
The pilgrim then sews the sands and when the crop was near to harvest, the invited local to enjoy the feast that feast continues to 3 days. In the remembrance of those Pilgrims, that day is called as Thanksgiving Day.
Why celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
Though there is plenty of misinformation regarding Thanksgiving Day. Like, there is all false story, the day in starting, when Washington declared it as a national Holiday, there was nothing about pilgrims and the feast with Wampanoag Indians. That was declared as a national holiday to Thanks, those who made this Nation world’ leading nation, and for cheering up with family to sit together and enjoy. The meaning of the day was to gather the entire nation at one place when there are religious thoughts, Christian would love to Celebrate Christmas, and Muslims will Eid and Sikhs with their beliefs and Hindus with their own beliefs. To put the entire nation on one platform there should have been one thing that can make them one nation. The idea was good, but later on, the false story becomes the real and connected to the Wampanoag Indian feast with the pilgrims who migrated from England to New York in search of the New World.
There is one head of the story, the other head the majority of the people believes is what we know about that.
So, whatever the story, this day gather the entire family to sit around a table to enjoy the family meal, to enjoy the best foods and delicious dishes. I myself find this occasion one of the best occasion of my childhood memories, like the impact of sitting the entire family always put a great on a child.