November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving (Harvest Meal)

Posted in Holidays, Important Dates at 3:06 am by Kendal

th_thanksgiving-11Thanksgiving is very much an American Holiday,  The Holiday is unique because it does take place in November but its date changes year to year depending on the thursday of the month of November.  Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday that began with a harvest meal.

If you look at the history of Thanksgiving it is the adoption of our european newcomers into native culture.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

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