Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and other countries. However, despite its popularity, very few people know its true origin.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Wampanoags in 1621. It consisted of a small English harvest celebration.
“In fact, there are very few historical records of the first Thanksgiving, so it wasn’t really celebrated as a holiday until the 19th century,” says Charles C. Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations from the Americas Before Colon.
Thanksgiving Day took on special relevance in the United States thanks to President Abraham Lincoln. The president established it as a national holiday during the Civil War. Since then, it has become an American celebration.
THE FIRST DAY OF THANKSGIVING
Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote in a letter published in 1841 how they celebrated the first Thanksgiving.
“Our harvest was gathered, our governor sent four men to fish, that we might rejoice together in a more special manner. There were many of the Indians that came among us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with about 90 men, whom we entertained and celebrated for three days”, reported .
Among 17th-century pilgrims, “Thanksgiving Day” was actually a period of prayerful fasting, National Geographic reported.
Most people in the United States celebrate this holiday with family gatherings in their homes where they prepare a feast.
In many houses it is common to offer a prayer of thanks to God for the blessings received during the year.
The traditional main dish for dinner is a large roasted or baked turkey, this is traditionally accompanied with a filling of cornbread and sage.
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Traditionally served with a cranberry sauce or jelly, vegetable dishes such as green beans, potato, and mashed potatoes are also often served. with gravy, which is a sauce made from turkey juice; A wide variety of desserts are also usually served, the most popular being the pumpkin cake.
Meals are served with hot spiced apple cider or sparkling apple cider, traditionally fermented. It is also common to prepare pecan pie and apple pie.
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