Monday, November 25, 2013

Fact of the Day: Harvest Thanksgiving

While most Americans root Thanksgiving back to the days of the pilgrims, but the holiday's true origins go back even further. Centuries ago in Europe it wasn't uncommon to see civil or religious celebrations of being thankful especially after a harvest. 

28 comments:

Kay said...

And wasn't it Abraham Lincoln that made it a national holiday in the U.S. after the civil war? I'm not sure.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Europe beats us out

Unknown said...

We pretend to create everything

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

And here I thought Thanksgiving was the true American holiday.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I bet celebrations of gratitude have been celebrated for a long time and in many different ways.

Margaret D said...

I think those pilgrims came from England, then went to the Netherlands they went etc. Remember reading about it once.

Christine said...

Interesting!

Dana said...

I think Martha has a good point. Happy Monday. :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

It's good not to take things for granted. It's also good to shove your fat face with turkey and boxed wine, so... there's that.

DEZMOND said...

we also have celebrations of the harvest, usually in late August after the wheat has been cropped

Pat Hatt said...

Americans trying to make it their own, too bad

Pilar Domínguez said...

It doesn´t exist a festivity similar to this one in my country but I think it is something very nice. Kisses, Adam:)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, there's a long pagan tradition of celebrating the harvest with thanks to the gods and goddesses.

Emmylou said...

We should be grateful everyday though, right? :)

stephen Hayes said...

Sounds logical to me.

Gloria Baker said...

anyway I love this holiday.We havent Thanksgivi.g here but I love it!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

I didn't know that!!
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Londyn said...

good fact of the day :)

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting!

Unknown said...

count on the american to take stuff from other people and call them their own! :D

Anna-Alina said...

In my country we haven't this holiday.

Unknown said...

Que interesante!!!
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bianca said...

want to celebrate it too ;(


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Theresa Mahoney said...

I am thankful we have a thanksgiving, no matter where it started. I love me some turkey!

Linda said...

Great fact, Adam...and I love the old photo.

Unknown said...

Great fact

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LongIslandWeddingOfficiant said...

Adam, I love your educational posts!
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Teddi said...

american copycats. hopefully the other countries didn't destroy and harm people who tried to help them and pretend to be friends the way the pilgrims did. yes i went there.