Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Thanksgiving Day is more than a national holiday of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It’s a time to gather with friends and loved ones and give thanks for, well whatever each one of us is thankful for be it our homes or our health. But, do you recall when the first Thanksgiving Day took place and who celebrated it?
According to History.com, in 1620 a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. The passengers, a group of religious separatists, sought a place where they could freely practice their faith. After the uncomfortable 66-day trip, the Pilgrims finally landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. In the beginning, the Pilgrims faced many unexpected difficulties such as starvation, diseases and death, but later on they got help from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. He brought the Pilgrims an Native American called Squanto, a person helped them how to live in this brutal environment and settled an alliance with Wampanoag, a local tribe.
In 1621, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast to proceed their religious thanksgiving services and invited a group of the Native American allies to join this celebration. Now the feast is remembered as the first Thanksgiving Day.