Do you know the History of Thanksgiving? Check this out!!
By Srikanto Mandal 24 November, 2022
Thanksgiving is deeply rooted in America's religious and cultural traditions. And many legends and rituals are associated with its name.
The most widely accepted history of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s.
They brought their previous tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England.
They helped the last surviving Patuxet and Wampanoags, a tribe of Native Americans, by serving them food during the harsh winter season.
For this help, the Patuxet and Wampanoags tribes allied with the Pilgrims and Puritans and provided protection against the rival Narragansett tribe.
The Pilgrims and the Wampanoags celebrated this event with a feast that brought the two peoples together in celebration of survival.
In 1621, the thanksgiving ceremony was inspired by a good harvest feast shared by the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoags people.
During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held every November.
Following a joint resolution of Congress in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1942 designating the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.