Thanksgiving is a special holiday. It began with the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. In 1621 they shared an autumn harvest feast that would be the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies. The feast was a celebration of survival in the new land and an abundant harvest.
Most American households continue the Thanksgiving celebration although its original religious significance has been supplanted by the feasting. Today the emphasis is on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends.
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