What's The Reason We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to relax and enjoy the company of family and others, and also celebrate the great things in life. Watching a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or a football game is a great way to celebrate.

On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together around a traditional table that's been heaped with stuffed turkeys, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and more. It's fascinating to consider how the traditional festivities of this holiday are entwined with our ancestry.

The first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621. On this day, the Pilgrims who constructed the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, sat down and were served by Wampanoag for three days. Many regard the meal as a symbol of peace and settlement.

However, it has also been characterized as an annual English harvest celebration. Further, the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag was contentious, so it cannot be considered an event.

In 1841, Alexander Young published a booklet that included a letter detailing the 1641 dinner. Here, he mentioned it to be Thanksgiving in the footnote. Then the name remained known.

Religious rituals were typically performed to celebrate feast days in many countries. Often, this feast actually marked the victory of a military campaign or other victory.

During George Washington's presidency, he decided that the first national Thanksgiving Day would be celebrated. Though most of the other presidents followed, Abraham Lincoln then reinstated it. Finally, it was determined in 1941 that the date would be held on the fourth Thursday of November permanently.