Thanks Giving according to the Mad Bomber

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Settlers - or how we think of them now...
Settlers – or how we think of them now…

This year Thanksgiving I have heard people asking if people abroad celebrate this holiday. At Mad Bomber we like to think of us as multi-culturally aware and thought we’d just elaborate on where Thanksgiving really came from before we tempt you with our amazingly good value hat offers.

To begin with, Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and on a different day in Canada! Thanksgiving is celebrated on Columbus day in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving originated from a mix of European and Native traditions.

Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after harvest to give thanks for a good yield, and to rejoice after hard work with the rest of the community. Native Americans also celebrated the end of a harvest season, so when Europeans first arrived in the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. The two similar traditions were identified as a common interest and used to bond with the Native Americans, hence it became a much more important feast in America where Indians and Cowboys (excuse the term) were often at odds with each other as they squabled and argued with each other over food and land. Any reason to celebrate mutual appreciation was both politically and spiritually important to keep the peace and show appreciation for each other’s good deeds.

The Canadian version of Thanksgiving actually originated somewhere else completely! Thanksgiving celebration was not for harvest, but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England to Canada through storms and icebergs. It started in the 1570s when Martin Frobisher, found a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. One of the first recorded official

American Thanksgiving celebrations can be traced back to a celebration at Plymouth, in present-day Massachusetts where the settlers finally had a successful harvest in 1621 which could feed all the colonist. In the years prior the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 100+ colonists, and the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. So as you can see Thanksgiving as is celebrated in the USA really is specific to Northern America, where the settlers and the Native Americans had a love/hate relationship.

The very few places where Thanksgiving is celebrated in much more modest ways around the world were often due to an American influence; Whaling ships brought it to Norfolk Island (Australian waters), the Netherlands where many settlers came from. Some countries which have a Thanksgiving day of sorts that do not have USA links are Grenada, Japan and Liberia.

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