What Really Happened On Thanksgiving? The Dark History of Thanksgiving
by A Maria Minolini | Updated Nov 25, 2022
What Is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a national holiday observed in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia on various dates. It began as a day of Thanksgiving for the harvest and the previous year's blessings. (During the autumn, similar harvest festival holidays are observed worldwide, including in Germany and Japan.) Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada, the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and other times of the year. Despite its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, Thanksgiving has long been celebrated as a secular holiday.
The Thanksgiving meal traditionally consists of turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie, and it is particularly rich in legend and symbolism. As family members gather with one another, the holiday season is often the busiest of the year for vehicular travel. Thanksgiving will be observed on November 24, 2022.
What Really Happened On Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family and food in the United States. American students are taught that the tradition dates back to the Pilgrims, who helped establish Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620. According to legend, friendly Native Americans taught the struggling colonists how to survive in the New World. Then, in 1621, everyone got together to celebrate with a feast. The 401st anniversary of the "first" American Thanksgiving will be celebrated in 2022. However, Thanksgiving feasts predate Plymouth, and the peace celebrated that day was shaky. The true story behind the holiday is so dark that some people are reconsidering how or whether they should celebrate it at all.
Details About The Dark History Of Thanksgiving
According to National Geographic, settlers in Berkeley Hundred, in what is now Virginia, celebrated their arrival with a Thanksgiving as early as 1619. However, according to The Washingtonian, the meal was probably nothing more than oysters and ham. According to the National Parks Service, in 1565, Spanish settlers and members of the Seloy tribe broke bread in Florida with salted pork, garbanzo beans, and a Mass. Our modern definition of Thanksgiving revolves around eating turkey, but this was more of a religious observance in previous centuries. The Pilgrims would almost certainly regard their solemn 1623 day of prayer as the first actual Thanksgiving.
Overview About Thanksgiving
|2022 date||October 10, 2022 (Canada);
November 3, 2022 (Liberia);
November 30, 2022 (Norfolk Island);
November 24, 2022 (U.S. and Brazil)
|2023 date||October 9, 2023 (Canada);
November 2, 2023 (Liberia);
November 29, 2023 (Norfolk Island);
November 23, 2023 (U.S. and Brazil)
What Really Happened On Thanksgiving - FAQs
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Liberia.
It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of the preceding year.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
The American holiday is particularly rich in legend and symbolism, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. With respect to vehicular travel, the holiday is often the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another.