4 Interesting Facts about the History of Thanksgiving

Date:12-11-2013 11:40:47 read:2

Thanksgiving is a holiday that not only calls for celebration but also whole lots of retrospection. A look into the history of the holiday will give us a lot to think over and also reexamine our lives. Thanksgiving can teach us a lot of things. There is a saying that tells us, that one who does not learn from history is a fool. It is very true as history can teach us a lot of things. We can learn from the mistakes our ancestors, pick up and follow the good things about their lives and so much more. The history of thanksgiving too is bound to teach us a lot about hard work, hope, perseverance, the fighting spirit and living together. Most importantly it teaches us to give thanks for all our blessings.

1. Hope

The history of Thanksgiving started with the settlers who arrived in Cape Cod on the mayflower in 1620. They had traveled to a faraway land in hopes of living their lives away from the religious persecution that they had faced back home. It was a treacherous journey, one that involved an unknown destination and a lot of diseases and death. However they made it after 66 days on the sea. All they had left in them at this point was the hope of survival. And their unwavering hope paid off as the Indians who were already living there helped them by showing them how to cultivate the land and generally live off the land.

2. Hard work

The settlers put everything they had into the land. They worked really hard to till the land and have a harvest. After a year of hard work together with the Wampanoag Indians, the settlers had a big harvest. The then governor held a great feast to celebrate this and this became the first ever recorded Thanksgiving, although the people at that time may not have called it that. The harvest was in November and since then, Thanksgiving has always been celebrated this month.

3. The fighting spirit

The settlers never gave up on their dreams and fought against diseases and other elements of nature to carve out a life for themselves and their future generations in a time of uncertainty. This is definitely something that we must all learn from the history of Thanksgiving. This spirit to fight against the odds is what has made our country into what it is today and we should never forget it. It could teach us valuable lessons as we face many problems as a country and as individuals.

4. Equality, community spirit and Living together

Sadly the first few Thanksgiving days and celebrations are the only instances where there was no enmity between the settlers and the Indians. The world could be a better place for everyone if there is no fighting and if everyone lived in peace and harmony with each other. And as we celebrate Thanksgiving it is important that we understand the fact that we do not betray or fight with people who helped us in our time of need without ever questioning out motives. And as a multiracial, multi-ethnic country, this is a very important and valuable lesson that we can learn from the history of Thanksgiving.

It was Abraham Lincoln who actually made the fourth Thursday of every November as Thanksgiving Day. Roosevelt gave it a commercial twist by encouraging shopping to boost up sales during the Great Depression. Although the number of holidays varied with each presidency, it has now finally come to be celebrated on the last Thursday of every November. As we look back at the history of Thanksgiving, it also is important that we learn from it. Thanksgiving Day is not just about having a turkey and a lavish dinner, it is also about atoning for our sins and giving thanks.

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