Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 10 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

I am thankful for that first Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

  1. I am thankful for Thanksgiving, too, because it tends to bring families together without the tension of all the "to do" lists of Christmas to enjoy a wonderful meal, togetherness and love.


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