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The "First Thanksgiving" has been credited to the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. It is believed this feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The first documented thanksgiving services in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards in the 16th century.
Thanksgiving services were routine in what was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607, with the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia holding a thanksgiving in 1610. Getting established in the new World was quite difficult and the early settlers did not know how tough it would be. Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to raise the food necessary to survive.
The Massachusetts Bay Colony, consisting mainly of Puritan Christians, celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in 1630, and frequently thereafter until about 1680, when it became an annual festival in that colony. The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the Continental Congress in 1777 from its temporary location in York, Pennsylvania, while the British occupied the national capital at Philadelphia. In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day.
Franklin Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving rather than the fifth one. He made clear that his plan was to establish the holiday on the next-to-last Thursday in the month instead of the last one. With the country still in the midst of The Great Depression, Roosevelt thought an earlier Thanksgiving would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas and hoped, it would help bring the country out of the Depression.
Today, Thanksgiving prayers are offered for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose. Traditional “feasts” are shared with family and friends, usually followed by a day of watching football. The poor are provided for with a meal, groceries, or charitable contributions. Many families travel to see relatives marking the busiest travel time in the United States. Many cities celebrate with parades that usually feature the arrival of Santa Clause to usher in the Christmas shopping season that traditionally begins the day after.
Where Did it Start?
The “Real” First Thanksgiving
Hard Times in Plymouth Colony
The Pilgrims Survive
The Pilgrims Celebrate
Early Colonial Thanksgivings
Lincoln & Roosevelt
Present Day Traditions
Present Day Celebrations
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