We looked at the 'real' origin story behind Thanksgiving and why many Native Americans don't like it and don't observe it. Thanksgiving, as commonly celebrated in the United States today, is often associated with the Pilgrims' feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. However, the history of Thanksgiving has been muddled, debunked, and rewritten throughout history.
For centuries, Thanksgiving has been billed as an opportunity for friends and family to gather, with peace and gratitude in their hearts. It is a time to appreciate the abundance of the harvest and to give thanks for the blessings in one's life. But what inspired the Pilgrims to hold the first Thanksgiving in America?
The Pilgrims, a group of English settlers seeking religious freedom, arrived in Plymouth in 1620. They faced numerous challenges, including harsh weather, disease, and food scarcity. With the help of Native Americans, particularly the Wampanoag tribe, the Pilgrims learned survival skills and cultivated crops. Their first successful harvest led to a three-day feast, which is often identified as the first Thanksgiving.