Thanksgiving Day

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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
American History
Grade:
7,8,9,10,11

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Thanksgiving Day

What is Thanksgiving ? On the last Thursday of November , while the American family come together to share the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie .Thanksgiving is a day of action thanksgiving for the Indians and thank Heaven for allowing the first pilgrims from England to settle and live on American soil thanks to good harvests they could do it.What is it history ? Journey of PilgrimsThe legendary pilgrims, crossed the Atlantic in the year 1620 in Mayflower-A 17th Century sailing vessel. About 102 people traveled for nearly two months with extreme difficulty. This was so because they were kept in the cargo space of the sailing vessel. No one was allowed to go on the deck due to terrible storms. The pilgrims comforted themselves by singing Psalms- a sacred song.

Arrival in PlymouthThe pilgrims reached Plymouth rock on December 11th 1620, after a sea journey of 66 days. Though the original destination was somewhere in the northern part of Virginia, they could not reach the place owing to winds blowing them off course. Nearly46 pilgrims died due to extreme cold in winter. However, in the spring of 1621, Squanto, a native Indian taught the pilgrims to survive by growing food.First Thanksgiving FeastIt is said that Pilgrims learnt to grow corn, beans and pumpkins from the Indians, which helped all of them survive . In the autumn of 1621, they held a grand celebration where 90 people were invited including Indians. The grand feast was organized to thank god for his favors. There is no evidence to prove if the customary turkey was a part of the initial feast. According to the first hand account written by the leader of the colony, the food included, ducks, geese, venison, fish, berries etc. Pumpkin pie, a modern staple adorning every dinner table, is unlikely to have been a part of the first thanksgiving feast.


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