You must know the true story of Thanksgiving to understand its origin. On December 16, 1620, the Mayflower pilgrims landed at the Plymouth Rock. They had a good amount of information about the place due to their mapping skills.
Plymouth Rock was the village of Patuxet and the home of Squanto. Since many generations, people knew the land for its vast cornfields and various other crops. Squanto taught the Mayflower pilgrims how to fish and farm, thereby saving them from starvation.
This is how the Pilgrims survived the first winter. In the next spring, Squanto taught the Mayflower pilgrims various ways to harvest plant crops, berries, and other wild foods. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by these pilgrims.
The reason for celebrating Thanksgiving was the bountiful harvest that became possible due to Squanto’s help. The pilgrims had a Thanksgiving meal to express their gratitude for the help by Indians. The feast continued for three days.
Now that you know the origins of Thanksgiving, you must know why Thanksgiving Day in USA is celebrated year after year. The reason for the celebration is the annual harvest.
The fourth Thursday of every November is Thanksgiving Day. Abraham Lincoln was the first US president who officially declared that day for celebrating the festival.
In 1939, Franklin D Roosevelt, the US President set the date in stone. Congress approved the date in 1941. Apart from the US countries, there are various countries that celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving from the team at Welcome Pardner!