Thanksgiving, a day celebrated on every fourth Thursday of November. The day is ahead and everyone is all set to celebrate the day enjoying various delicious meals. But have you ever wondered that how it all started? Are you really curious to know the history of Thanksgiving? Have you ever thought about the beginning of this culture? If yes, then here in the article you can get to know about lot of things. These things are shared in old best-selling books in UK as well as across the world. We have summarized it for you.
Thanksgiving was started in 1621 by the Plymouth Colonials and Wampanoag Indians to celebrate their autumn harvest feast. Today, that celebration of meals is known as Thanksgiving. This day has been celebrated for more than two centuries till 1863 and then the president Abraham Lincoln declares this day as a national thanksgiving day. Till now the day has been celebrated as a thanksgiving day with some new twists and trends keep on changing with the time.
Why Pilgrims have celebrated this day in 1621?
In 1621, the religious refugees from England also called Pilgrims invited local Americans to celebrate their harvest feast. The day has been celebrated after a successful growing season as in 1620, the harvest has been failed because of the winter season. The crop has been failed in a way that the pilgrims even don’t have the proper amount of food to eat and many pilgrims die because of starvation. Thus in 1621, after a successful harvest, Pilgrims were really very happy and to show their joy and happiness, they call native local Americans on their celebration and give them a treat of their happiness.
After this, the other members of Wampanoag tribe learn how to grow the crop like corn, squash, and beans or whatever they grow at that times. It was celebrated as three days feast and at that time Turkey was clearly not in the menu. At that time it was celebrated as three days feast of lobster, deer, cod, and goose. This is how the day has been celebrated first time ever.
So, the question arises why does American eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?
After reading this, you might have a question that why Americans eat Turkey on this day. Here is the answer to your question.
There are many saying regarding this like according to a theory, the choice of turkey on this day has been inspired by the Queen Elizabeth I. She heard the news that the ship of Spanish has been sunk on the way when they were coming to attack England. At that time when she heard this news, she was having her dinner. To celebrate the thrill, she ordered goose and it was inspired by the same day.
While some other theories in other best-selling books in UK says that the wild turkeys were the native of Americans and Europeans that is why it is a natural choice to add turkey to their Thanksgiving celebration.
How the day has been called as the Thanksgiving Day?
Pilgrims celebrate their second harvest celebration in 1623. As well as at the same time it has become a common practice in other areas such as in New England. At the time of the American revolution, they designated more than one day as thanksgiving days. In 1789, George Washington issued their first thanks by the national government of the United States. The day has been celebrated as a happy conclusion of the independence war.
Then in 1817, New York City becomes the state which declares a holiday on this day. After lots of efforts done by the writer Sarah Josepha Hale, finally, Abraham Lincoln has heeded her request, he rescheduled the Thanksgiving Day on every fourth Thursday of November and till now it has been celebrated on every fourth Thursday of November.
In 1939, President Roosevelt moved the day up a week to boost the retailers at the time of the great depression. However many states have refused the shift of the holiday of Thanksgiving. Then in 1941, a bill has been passed making the thanksgiving on every fourth Thursday of November as it was before. From the time 1939 to 1941, the day has been named as Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving ancient origins
While the concept of Thanksgiving has been developed in various colonies of New England but the roots of the day has been traced back to the Atlantic. As an annual celebration of the harvest, the day of the thanksgiving had fallen on this category as well. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans feast this day because they want to give tribute to their god of the harvest.
Other than this, the day has a resemblance to Sukkot, the ancient Jewish harvest festival. Finally, it has become a tradition in America to celebrate the day with a feast and merrymaking.
This is the origin of the day and till now that day is celebrated with the same joy and excitement with some turns and twists while the origin of the day is the same. Enjoying food associated with lots of joy, happiness, and celebrations.