Thanks to Christopher Columbus, the "discoverer" of the New World, the "blessing of the harvest" event commemorates the deaths of thousands of Native Americans as well as the conquest of their territories by English immigrants. While the "First Thanksgiving" did occur, it was not the first of its kind. Long before Columbus' arrival, Native Americans shared their food with each other and with animals. Their only difference to us is that they didn't eat meat all year round.
Now, where was I? Oh, yes, Columbus. His invasion forced Native Americans to move away from their traditional lands, causing many disasters for them. For example, a severe epidemic killed almost all of them. However, some survivors kept on living in the new environment and developed many techniques to feed themselves better. Today, they call this event the "first harvest festival".
As for Columbus, he started his own festival after he returned from his first voyage to America. It was called "Las Navigaciones", which means the "voyages have been done". This was because back then people believed that the world was flat, like today's maps. So, when someone discovered something about the world's shape or size, they would announce this news by saying "the voyages have been done".
In conclusion, we can say that Columbus introduced the idea of having a festival to honor our bountiful harvest.
The so-called first Thanksgiving has been commemorated and taught to youngsters as the genesis myth of what would eventually be known as the United States. However, many Native Americans believe that Thanksgiving Day serves as a reminder of the death of millions of Indigenous peoples and the seizure of their lands by foreigners. They view it as a day of mourning rather than celebration.
Thanksgiving was made possible by Europeans who would travel across oceans and continents in order to make money from the exploitation of animals and plants natural resources. Without these people there would be no Thanksgiving; instead there would only be mourning for all the lives lost during its creation.
Thanksgiving has become associated with happiness and joy because pioneers from Europe wanted to show their gratitude to God for saving them from starvation and death during the long transatlantic voyage.
However, not every native person felt the same way about the holiday. Many activists fought against the genocide of Indians by refusing to eat the products of slavery such as corn and potatoes. These individuals believed that by not eating these crops they were showing support for the destruction of their cultures. Some warriors even went so far as to destroy entire fields of corn before they were captured by settlers.
After the war was over and slaves were being given their freedom, pioneers started organizing annual celebrations called "thanksgivings". These events included meals after weeks of hard work and the giving of gifts to each other.
According to legend, the first Thanksgiving—a harvest celebration—took place in 1621, when English Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts enjoyed a feast with their Native American neighbors. But the truth is we don't know where or when that first Thanksgiving meal was eaten.
Thanksgiving became an official holiday in 1863, during the Civil War, when President Lincoln issued a proclamation asking Americans to give thanks for our blessings instead of complaining about our problems. The holiday was moved to the fourth Thursday in November until it was made federal law that it be held on the last Monday in October by Congress.
Thanksgiving has evolved over time into a cultural phenomenon that includes many traditions such as eating certain foods, saying grace before dinner, and giving thanks.
In conclusion, the state that first celebrates Thanksgiving is Massachusetts.
The Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Native Americans had a fall harvest feast in 1621, which is regarded as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Individual colonies and states have observed days of thanksgiving for more than two centuries.
The first official national day of gratitude was established by President Abraham Lincoln on November 4, 1863. He called upon the people to pray for our country and all who serve it at home and abroad.
Lincoln's plea for prayer came just months after the Civil War ended with the surrender of Confederate General Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The war had taken a heavy toll on both the North and South, but especially on the North where approximately 250,000 men lost their lives. Lincoln hoped that his call for prayer would help heal the divisions within America following the war.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated annually by American citizens since then. It became an official state holiday in New Hampshire in 1866, and today is also known as New Hampshire's Thanksgiving Day.
The first known celebration of a European-style Christmas was in 1578 when Spanish missionaries brought the idea to Puerto Rico. The holidays eventually made their way into other parts of the Caribbean Islands and Latin America.
Christmas has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.
What is known is that the pilgrims hosted the first Thanksgiving feast to commemorate the harvest's success in the fall. Celebrating an autumn harvest was an English practice at the time, and the pilgrims had a lot to be happy about. The main crop was corn, which they grew themselves on their farms in Massachusetts. They also harvested wheat, rye, oats, peas, and tobacco. These crops were all donated by local Indians who wanted to show their gratitude to the pilgrims for giving up land for farming.
The original plan was for each family to give thanks for their own personal successes and pray for help with their problems. Of the six pilgrim children, four died young. Only Edward Johnson, who was hired as a translator for the trip over, survived. He wrote down what happened during the feast based on notes taken by an Indian servant named Samoset. Samoset knew about the pilgrims' prayers because he was a shaman (a healer who talked with spirits).
According to Johnson's notes, the whole community got together to share the food they had grown or hunted. There was much laughing and singing. Everyone drank too much alcohol. Then everyone went home to bed! Tradition says that it was on this holiday that the settlers first saw the equestrian statue of King George III in Boston's Park Street Church.