The traditional Thanksgiving has its roots in the first Thanksgiving celebrations, when there were harvest festivals, or days of thanking God for plentiful crops. It simply reminds us the year 1621 when the Pilgrim’s started the Thanksgiving, which later became a tradition for the entire nation.
In the first Thanksgiving celebrations a thanksgiving feast was organized in which there were dishes like boiled turkey, corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish, which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. The pilgrims had invited their neighbors, Native American Indians, to share the thanksgiving dinner. Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.
Even in modern times the people love to follow the Thanksgiving traditions because the importance of the things involved in the traditional Thanksgiving has not reduced for them in any way. The most significant Thanksgiving customs that are still popular among the people are like:
Family and Friends:
The family and their friends gather on the Thanksgiving Day for celebrating this day together.
The Autumn Harvest:
The people thank the Almighty for the bountiful harvest and express their gratitude by praising Him.
Offering Prayers: The families collectively offer Thanksgiving prayer to the Lord for His blessings.
Thanksgiving Dinner: It is a custom that in the United States the families prefer to have their dinner together on this day.
Eating Turkey: Eating at least one dish made of the turkey is a compulsory and interesting Thanksgiving tradition.
Playing Football: The people also love to play and to watch the football game on the Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day Parade: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is another custom of the Thanksgiving Day in America. This parade is held every year in New York city and audience enjoy its broadcast also.
The Pilgrims’ History: Traditional Thanksgiving recounts the story of the pilgrims, the early settlers, and the challenges that they faced.
Songs And Poems: There is a wide array of Thanksgiving songs and poems that enable families to create and customize the celebrations.