Americans of all religions celebrateThanksgiving on the fourth Thursday ofNovember. Thanksgiving is a special day for familiesand people travel great distances to be withtheir families.They give thanks for the food and blessings.
The tradition startedwhen in 1620 a group ofmen , women andchildren left England ona ship called Mayflower.They were pilgrims andthey wanted to start anew life in the NewWorld
The voyage was veryhard.They were cold andhungry and many of themdied.The voyage took 65 days.They landed on the north –east coast of NorthAmerica. What today weknow as Massachusetts.When they arrived it wasalmost winter so they hadno time to grow crops. Thewinter was long. Very fewsurvived.
In spring native Americans,the wampanoag Indians,helped them.They taught the pilgrims howto grow corn, how to huntand how to fish.The summer harvest wasvery good and by november,a year after their firstarrival, there was food foreverybody.
The pilgrims wanted to celebrate it and invited thenative Americans to a great dinner where they gavethanks to God for the food. That was the firstThanksgiving.
• Today the traditional thanksgiving meal is similar to the first. They eat roast turkey with cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn and pumpkin pie.
The pilgrims were thankful for the help from the Indians. So, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful!Most families go around the table and say something they are thankful for before eating.What are you thankful for?
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