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Origins of Thanksgiving – Presented by Avas Flowers

on November 6, 2013

Its the beginning of November and Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I wondered what are the origins of this holiday. Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated mostly in the United States and Canada (though on different days) though several other countries around the world celebrate similar holidays. The origin of this holiday has its roots in religious and cultural traditions but has also long been celebrated in a secular way also.

Prayers and special thanksgiving ceremonies are a common occurrence in almost all religions after the harvest. The holiday as celebrated in North America is rooted in the English traditions from the Protestant Reformation and in harvest festivals. The roots of the modern Thanksgiving holiday is commonly attribute to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, though this is poorly documented. The practice of an annual harvest festival did not become a regular New England affair until the late 1660’s. The first official national day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed by George Washington as President of the United States for November 26, 1789. The date of Thanksgiving varied in date and state until the time of President Lincoln. Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November as the date for a national day of Thanksgiving, however it was not recognized by the former states of the Confederacy until the end of the Reconstruction era in the 1870’s. On December 26, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date from the last Thursday to the fourth Thursday in November.


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