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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

Being Wiccan I chose to celebrate and give thanks at Mabon which this year was on September 23rd. Mabon is the time of the autumn equinox and the second harvest. Like Thanksgiving, it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons and give thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings.

Like Mabon, Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, but is also celebrated in Leiden, Netherlands and Liberia. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. While it may have been religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.

In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October, which is Columbus Day in the United States. In the United States, it falls on the fourth Thursday of November.

The precise historical origin of the holiday is disputed. Although Americans commonly believe that the first Thanksgiving happened in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, there is strong evidence for earlier celebrations in Canada (1578) and by Spanish explorers in Florida (1565).

But did you know that Native Americans view this day as a day of mourning? To them it represents oppression, greed, and cultural annihilation. Something they don't teach you in grade school and something I certainly wasn't aware of until I started researching the meaning of Thanksgiving. So for anyone who's interested in reading a book on what really happened at Thanksgiving, try reading '1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving' by Catherine O'Neill Grace. The reviewer states that "it's a well-researched and beautifully photographed account of the Wampanoag side of the events leading up to the first Thanksgiving". And while this book is meant for children ages 8-12 . . . it's on my reading list . . .

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3 comments:

Incipient Wings said...

Wow, so much interesting information!
thank you for sharing this.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

Awesome post! You have definately done your homework! As a Wiccan Priestess and teacher, I am very thankful for my fellow Wiccans who take the time to educate the public on what we are actually about. Thank you and Brightest Blessings

Plumrose Lane said...

Your posts are always so informative Tereza, thank you so much for this!
♥Sharon