Caribbean Cruise Line Shares the History and Origin of Thanksgiving

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One of the biggest and warmest holidays of the United States, Thanksgiving has its history and
origin way back in centuries. There are various instances of Thanksgiving observances in history,
all of which bear resemblance to the modern celebrations of Thanksgiving; but the generally
accepted and circulated view is that the modern day American Thanksgiving has its origin in
1621, when the Pilgrims, or the English settlers and the Native Americans celebrated a three-
day long feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. But quite contrary to this popular belief, the
Pilgrims were never the first to have a Thanksgiving feast. Feasts celebrating a good harvest
existed well before the Pilgrims or the settlers arrived. Nevertheless, it's true that these Pilgrims
held a Thanksgiving feast (more aptly, a feast to say 'thanks') in the first year of their survival in

Following this Pilgrim's 1621 Thanksgiving observance, began the Thanksgiving tradition of
holding feasts after a good harvest. People usually celebrate Thanksgiving to mark the autumn
harvest and make merry in the plentiful yield. There is, however, a long tradition of celebrating
the harvest throughout history. It might interest you to know that even the ancient Greeks and
Romans had their respective harvest celebrations with music, parades and feasts quite like
today's Thanksgiving celebrations. People in ancient China also had their harvest festival with
families feasting together on 'moon cakes' (round yellowish cakes). This was to celebrate the
full moon and, as a matter of fact, the Chinese still celebrate this as their Moon Festival with
much hype and hoopla! Then again, there's the harvest festival of the Jews. The Jewish harvest
fest, Sukkot, is celebrated for eight days and is an occasion to catch up with the family on feasts
and to be thankful for a good year. The British Isles too has a harvest festival called the
Lammas, which marks the beginning of the harvest season.

Now, whatever the history and origin, Thanksgiving today is primarily a day set aside in the
most part of North America to show gratitude and be thankful to God. Feasts and family
reunions are a regular trend for Thanksgiving in North America. In the United States,
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November every year. But in Canada, the
harvest season ends a little earlier in the year. Hence in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on
the second Monday in October. The Canadians have a three-day long Thanksgiving weekend
and the holiday is not as significantly hyped here as in the United States. The Canadians also do
not get enough time for a convenient homecoming. So they reserve the family reunions for the
Christmas holiday.

The Thanksgiving holiday has serious religious shades for the Roman Catholic Quebecers, who
call it l'Action de Grâce. Thanksgiving has a long-standing history in Europe; it is associated with
the harvest festivals held there.

So then, as you see, celebrating harvest is quite an old tradition. And so is the thanksgiving act--
to thank the Almighty for all the good things He has given us! And all these harvest festivities,
although having cultural differences, are common in spirit to the modern American
Thanksgiving. Sean Carter

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Description: Caribbean Cruise Line wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!