The First Thanksgiving Was Celebrated By The Pilgrims In 1621 To Congratulate
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621 to congratulate each other for the success of their first harvest in the new world (America) in October.
Through celebrating the fest, they wanted to thank and prayed to the almighty god for making them successful in their goals.
In the year, the celebration lasted for three days, where 53 pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and 90 Wampanoag Native Americans attended the event.
However, according to another group of historians, the First Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1619 (but not in 1621) at an English colony called Berkeley Hundred in Virginia.
[Did You Know? Although, Thanksgiving Is Primarily Associated With Harvesting; But Apart From Harvesting, It Is Also Celebrated As A Joy of Victory In A War, Ship Landings In New Landmasses, And The Joy of The End of A Drought]
Is Thanksgiving A Christian Religious Festival?
Although the Thanksgiving festival’s roots are associated with the Christian Puritans; but the present day, in countries like the United States, almost all communities celebrate it.
If we look back into history, the US third President Thomas Jefferson refused to advocate Thanksgiving because of its religious root.
Jefferson had no problem with the Puritans’ beliefs, he just wanted to keep a wall of separation between religion and state.
[Did You Know? Although The Day & Month Of Thanksgiving Remains The Same Every Year; But The Date Often Remains Different. For Example, In 2021 It Was On November 25th, In 2022 On November 24th, In 2023 On November 23rd]
What Were The Main Food Items That The Pilgrims Ate In The First Thanksgiving?
- Wildfowl (turkey was still not the main decoration of Thanksgiving dinner)
[Did You Know? Today Turkey Is The Main Decoration of The Thanksgiving Dinner Table, But Early, It Was Not. It Is Said That Instead of Turkey, Goose Was The Main Attraction In The Dinner]