Thanksgiving Day History | History of Thanksgiving | Why Thanksgiving is Celebrated? Reason Behind Thanksgiving Day | When was First Thanksgiving Day Celebrated?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in US and Canada. It is a day of giving thanks to the God for the blessing of the harvest. It is also called a harvest festival.
Thanksgiving prayers and Thanksgiving songs are common celebration whole over the country after the harvest. People get together for feasting after the celebration.
Thanksgiving Day History
In 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying over 100 passengers. After a treacherous and struggle crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed the Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists along with Wampanoag Indians joined and organized an autumn harvest feast that is known today as one the first Thanksgiving celebrations of all time.
From 1621 and 1863 or for more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by colonies individually. It was in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, when The President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Much American thinks of Thanksgiving day as a wonderful time to celebrate and get out of school for a long weekend, and have a dinner with family or relatives friends. But in actual this a day to thanking the Almighty God for his blessing over crops and us.
On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual National Day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, “Thanksgiving day announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemn, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people…”