In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies and the feast went on for days. For two centuries, the celebrations were held by individual colonies until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Sometimes we are so wound up in life that we forget to show gratitude for the things we have in life however little. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, how about a quick recap on how it all begun.
Food has played a key role in Thanksgiving celebrations all around the world mainly because the initial Thanksgiving celebrations were marked after a successful harvest. In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has deviated from its original religious significance and now majorly focuses on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, has become a staple food for Thanksgiving although it is believed not to have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621.
Other traditional Thankgiving foods include mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie although they were not there originally.
During Thanksgiving Day, people get involved in various charitable activities, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate. Meanwhile, here is an interesting video on the history of Thanksgiving.