What is the Significance of Thanksgiving?

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Iris Lee

The leaves are turning orange and the air is getting chillier. It’s the time of the year where we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving; and for some Christmas.

However, why do we buy turkey, cranberries, and visit family members on Thanksgiving? What’s the history behind Thanksgiving and why do we even celebrate it?

Well, the origin of Thanksgiving that we know so well is explained here, “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.” – History.com

Now about the food that we eat on thanksgiving; some are accurate to the first thanksgiving while some are way off.

The turkey that we eat does show some resemblance to the original thanksgiving, “….after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl.” This quote is from Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow. 

However, the pies and cake we eat during thanksgiving are not accurate. The pilgrims were out of sugar by the time Thanksgiving happened.

Now, back to the significance of Thanksgiving. It means friendship and a time of peace and calm. The relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans during Thanksgiving were one of the only good relationships the colonists had with Native Americans.

This shows us that Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks to friendships, having enough food on the table and safety.

I hope you have a good thanksgiving on the 25th!

Art: Lauren Koons