Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

For those of you that don't know, this is what it means officially:

In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.

The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.

The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770's) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress.

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.

FOR those of you that live in the US and know what it really means...
It is a day to eat as much food and drink as you want!!!


Anonymous Adam said...

It's one of the two best unique to America holidays (unique in the story behind it, not unique in the fact that it's basically a harvest festival.

My office is having its second Thanksgiving in Germany party tonight. In just over an hour...

5:46 PM  

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