Monday 21st November, 2005
So, come on then...I'm ignorant....what's Thanksgiving?

Who are you thanking and what are you thanking them for?

I geniunely have never known what it's all about and Wikipedia is dead so anyone care to enlighten me?

  1. 1) David Bockes Said: (21/11/2005 18:18:54 GMT) Gravatar Image

    Sometime after the first pilgrims landed in America, they had a feast with the local native population (indians). This feast has been memorialized through the Thanksgiving holiday as a time to come together, eat massive amounts of food and to reflect on the things in your life that you are thankful for. The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal is usually a turkey, which was the main course for that first feast. Hope that helps.

  2. 2) Richard Schwartz Said: (22/11/2005 15:16:27 GMT) Gravatar Image

    It's basically the US version of a harvest festival. The Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts in 1620, and they were ill-prepared to endure a rather nasty first winter. The feast David mentioned above was in 1621 when the harvest came in bountifully -- quite probably due to agricultural advice received from the Wampanoag tribe -- making them much better prepared for their second winter. The feast is said to have lasted three days.

    Since most Americans are rather well removed from the harvest, not to mention from the hardships of 17th century life in a harsh winter and an unknown land, our Thanksgiving is generally more about being thankful for family, friends, and the comforts and conveniences of our modern world. And food. And football.

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