Let's Talk Turkey about Origin of Thanksgiving Traditions
Byline: Diana Dretske
It's turkey time. In just a few days Americans will sit down for an enjoyable and traditional Thanksgiving feast.
But what are the origins of this tradition? Most experts believe that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at Plymouth, Mass., between the Pilgrims and American Indians as a three-day Thanksgiving harvest celebration. Others have speculated that the settlers of Jamestown, Va., actually celebrated the first Thanksgiving (circa 1607) as their version of England's ancient harvest festival.
No matter the origin, the tradition is nearly 300 years old, and turkey is still center stage.
Despite modern belief, …
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Publication information: Article title: Let's Talk Turkey about Origin of Thanksgiving Traditions. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: November 23, 2003. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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