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Thanksgiving Day

Have you ever wondered what is Thanksgiving Day? What is it that Americans are
so thankful about? And are Americans really that polite that they have to have a
special day just to say “thank you”? Here is a short history of Thanksgiving Day
and some of the customs.


In the year 1620, a group of religious people called the Pilgrims escaped from
England and moved to Massachusetts. Massachusetts is much colder than England,
and during the first winter they almost starved to death because they didn’t know
what to eat. However, the following spring the local Iroquois Native Americans
taught them how to grow corn and hunt local animals. The Pilgrims were very
grateful, and they had a feast (big party) and invited the Iroquois. The Iroquois
brought corn, turkey, deer, cranberry sauce, and even popcorn! This was the first
Thanksgiving.


After the USA was born, President George Washington suggested that November
26 be Thankgiving Day. In 1863, after the end of the American Civil War,
President Lincoln asked that the last Thursday of November be Thanksgiving Day.
Therefore, the meaning of this day is a day to be grateful for what we have. It is
a day to appreciate our loved ones, appreciate having food to eat and a place to
stay.


Since then, Thanksgiving Day is the last Thursday of November. Symbols of this
day are turkey, corn, pumpkins, and cranberry sauce.





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