Thanksgiving is an important holiday for Americans. Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, American families hold a feast of Thanksgiving. Today is Thanksgiving, so for you, who do you want to be grateful for most?
The most common traditional foods are Turkey, pumpkin pie and Indian pudding made from cornmeal. Some Americans travel around the country on this day, or visit relatives and friends, and enjoy their family's happiness. During Thanksgiving, there will be costume parades, theatrical performances, shooting, target shooting and other sports competitions in urban and rural areas of the United States. Some American families, religious organizations and charities also provide free turkey feasts for the poor, orphans and vagrants, so that those unfortunate people can also enjoy the warmth of the world during Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving originated from the early immigrants in Plymouth, Massachusetts. These immigrants were called Puritans when they were in England. Because they were dissatisfied with the religious reform of the Church of England and the political repression and persecution of them by the king and the Church of England, they left the Church of England and went to Holland. Later, they decided to move to the desolate land on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, hoping to believe according to their own wishes Live freely.
In September 1620, the Mayflower, carrying 102 pilgrims and their families, left England for North America. After more than two months of arduous voyage, she landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and settled down. In the first winter, due to lack of food, cold weather, epidemic disease and overwork, the pilgrims died more than half of them. The next spring, masahood, the chief of the local Indian tribe, led the kind-hearted Indians to give grain seeds to the Puritans and teach them to hunt, grow crops and fish. With the help of the Indians, the Puritans had a good harvest that year. William Middleton Bradford, the first governor, proposed to set up a festival to celebrate the harvest and thank God for his gift. At the same time, I also want to take this festival to strengthen the harmonious relationship between white people and Indians. On Thursday, late November 1621, pilgrims and 90 Indians brought by massasoud gathered to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in American history. Male Puritans go out hunting and catching turkeys, while women make delicious dishes at home with corn, pumpkin, sweet potato and fruit. In this way, white people and Indians gathered around the campfire, ate and talked, sang and danced, and the whole celebration lasted for three days.
Since then, Europeans who moved to the United States have largely followed the pattern of the first Thanksgiving celebration on the North American continent. In 1789, Washington, the first president of the United States, officially stipulated that November 26 was the first Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated in a unified way. However, for quite a long time, each state set a holiday date according to its own situation. In 1941, the U.S. Congress passed a bill approved by President Roosevelt, declaring the fourth Thursday of November as the National Thanksgiving Day.