Tuesday, 20 November 2007
It's been a minute I know, but with Thankgiving around the corner (and a furious rainstorm hindering my doings of anything else...) I thought I would take the opportunity to write abit about this American Holiday and tell you about some of the traditions we practice on Thanksgiving.
First, Thanksgiving a brief history...
The Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock in December of 1620 found the New World much different than they had expected. Amid the hard New England winter, 46 of the 121 persons who made the voyage perished. But the fall of 1621 brought a bountiful harvest, giving those who remained a change to survive the coming winter. The surviving Pilgrims, along with 91 Native American guests, celebrated the first Thanksgiving with wild game and vegetables. Throughout Colonial history, similar celebrations occurred whenever settlers felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude toward God. In fact, George Washington even declared a national day of Thanksgiving in 1789. But Thanksgiving did not become a regular holiday until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill proclaiming the last Thursday of each November to be Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, Congress amended the law to make the fourth Thursday of each November Thanksgiving.
Now, in a modern sense, much of the history surrounding Thanksgiving has been forgotten (with some details being slightly scued with the passing of time) and so, today, Thanksgiving is more of an excuse to get together with your family, watch some FOOTBALL and eat way to much food. (And for this reason, it is my most favorite of holidays:D)
Football you ask? Like futbol here? Strangely no... football in the USA is a word that describes a game that actually has little to do with feet meeting balls. Instead, we call Futbol the game of Soccer and Football for us (Americans), is Futbol Americano... a rather complicated game to which I'll spare you my lengthy explanations. Instead, here's a link:)