Timely Topics: Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 11/25/19 1:43 PM

Timely Topics, Credo Reference

pumpkin-pie-1887230_640This Thursday, millions of American families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. The first harvest feast lasted several days, and was probably held in October of 1621. The neighboring Wampanoag tribe joined the festivities and contributed food. Learn more about the attendees of the first Thanksgiving with these Topic Pages: 

Thanksgiving Day
Wampanoag Indians

In July of 1623 the colonists held their first official day of thanksgiving, although it centered around prayer rather than feasting. Over the next 300 years, the holiday would be celebrated in different ways at different times of the year. In 1941, Congress codified into law that the fourth Thursday of November would mark the official holiday. 

Popular foods cooked on this day include: 

Sweet Potatoes

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