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Why so many cultures like to celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: A History of Gratitude

image of a traditional thanksgiving meal
Traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Liberia, and Japan. It is a time for people to come together and give thanks for the good things in their lives.


There are many reasons why people from different cultures like to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are a few:

  • To give thanks for the harvest. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and to give thanks for all the food that we have. This is especially important in cultures where people have traditionally relied on agriculture for their survival.

  • To spend time with family and friends. Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings people together. It is a time to catch up with loved ones, to share stories, and to create new memories.

  • To reflect on the good things in life. Thanksgiving is a time to take a step back and appreciate all the good things in our lives, big and small. It is a time to be grateful for our health, our loved ones, our homes, and our freedom.

In addition to these general reasons, there are also some specific cultural reasons why people in different countries celebrate Thanksgiving. For example:

  • In the United States, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the Pilgrims' first harvest and their alliance with the Wampanoag people.

  • In Canada, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the country's rich agricultural heritage.

  • In Mexico, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the Day of the Dead, a holiday that honors deceased loved ones.

  • In Liberia, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the country's independence from the United States.

  • In Japan, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the country's harvest and its relationship with the United States.

No matter what culture you are from, Thanksgiving is a special holiday that celebrates the best of what it means to be human. It is a time to give thanks for all the good things in our lives and to come together with the people we love.


Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks for the blessings in their lives.


The Origins of Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people at Plymouth Colony. The Pilgrims had arrived in the New World the previous year, and had a very difficult first winter. Many of them died from disease and starvation. But with the help of the Wampanoag people, the Pilgrims were able to learn how to grow crops and survive in the New World.


In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people gathered together for a three-day feast to celebrate the harvest and to give thanks for all that they had been given. The feast included turkey, venison, fish, corn, squash, and other foods.


Thanksgiving was not celebrated regularly in the early years of the United States. But in 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday. Washington called on Americans to give thanks for the "bountiful harvest" and for the "blessings of peace and liberty."


Thanksgiving became a more popular holiday in the mid-19th century. This was due in part to the efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, a writer and editor who campaigned for a national Thanksgiving holiday. Hale believed that Thanksgiving would help to unite the country and promote patriotism.


image of a shared thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with Family and Friends

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. Lincoln called on Americans to give thanks for the "signal blessings" that the country had received, including the recent victory of the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg.


Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November since 1941. It is a time for Americans to come together and give thanks for the blessings in their lives, including family, friends, health, freedom, and peace.


Today, Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. It is a time for families and friends to gather together, enjoy a delicious meal, and reflect on all that they have to be grateful for.

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