What is Thanksgiving?

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History of Thanksgiving (2)Thanksgiving is held to commemorate a harvest festival that was celebrated by the Pilgrims back in 1621 in the “New World” that is now North America.  It is a religious holiday that is usually celebrated by eating a turkey.  Thanksgiving is also a holiday to show gratitude.

The first feast lasted a total of three days, and had as many as 90 Indians and 53 pilgrims in attendance.

After this feast the New England colonists would celebrate and thank God for the many victories they had received, or the end of a drought they had endured.

Thanksgiving is always held on the last Thursday in November.   Family and friends usually gather to show their gratitude towards each other while enjoying some turkey and pie.

Thanksgiving became a federal holiday back in 1863 during the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a holiday to give thanksgiving and praise to our “Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

 

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