Thanksgiving Day is a HARVEST
festival / day.
Thanksgiving is ONLY celebrated by Canadians and Americans.
Canadians celebrate it on the 2nd
Monday of October.
USA celebrates it on the 4th
Thursday of November.
Since I am not a Canadian, I cannot
speak for Canada.
This page deals with the U.S.A.
history and traditions regarding Thanksgiving.
THERE are two ways of looking at
||The First Thanksgiving
||On November 26, 1941;
Thanksgiving became a national holiday in the U.S.A.
||Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts
||Celebrated with thanksgiving for
surviving the first year in the New World (with the help of the
natives). And, of course celebrated for the bountiful first
harvest in the "New World".
||Celebrates a prosperous past year (even
it wasn't prosperous). If it wasn't prosperous, you can
celebrate that you still have family, for Thanksgiving is a time
to spend with family feasting and giving thanks for one's
blessings--whatever they are.
Vegetables most likely included:
onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps
peas, squash and corn. Note: The natives taught the
pilgrims how to grow squash and corn!
Mashed Potatoes with tukey gravy
Pumpkin pie and/or apple pie.
HISTORICALLY Thanksgiving was instituted to commemorate the First HARVEST of the
first pilgrims that came from England to escape religious persecution to the "new
world". They gave thanks to God for a bountiful
This is Plymouth Rock.
Plymouth Rock still exists. It is where the Pilgrims
landed in 1620. Plymouth, Massachusetts is the second permanent
settlement in the "New World" (America). The first
permanent settlement was Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. It is
interesting and important to note that the Pilgrims never would have
survived without the help of the native inhabitants: The Wampanoag tribe.
ALSO: See my webpage
Eastern Harvest Festivals .