Prayers of special thanksgiving rites are just ordinary among all religions right after the harvesting times. The Thanksgiving history in North America came from the English traditions starting from the Reformation of the Protestant. It also has features of the harvest festival, although New England harvest happens before late-November wherein the present Thanksgiving holiday is observed. During the English tradition, special thanksgiving religious ceremony was significant in the sovereignty of Henry VIII during an English Reformation. Before 1536, there were about 95 Church holidays and 52 Sundays that people were obliged to attend church services sometimes pay really expensive celebrations.
Base on some historians, the initial festival of Thanksgiving in Northern America happened during the 1578 journey of Martin Frobisher in looking for the Northwest Passage from England. The origins of Thanksgiving in Canada were sometimes traced to a French settler that arrived in New France during the 17th century, and celebrated their winning harvests.
While the settlers in Nova Scotia that came from New England right after 1700 during the late autumn, Thanksgiving festivities became a commonplace.
In 1621, the Wampanoag Indians and Plymouth colonists shared the autumn harvest banquet that is recognized today being one of the initial Thanksgiving celebrations through the entire colonies. For about two centuries, the moments of thanksgiving were commemorated by individual states and colonies. It was not until the year 1863, in the middle of a Civil War, where President Abraham Lincoln announced the National Thanksgiving Day should be held every November.
In 1621, Pilgrim Edward Winslow decided to write a letter regarding today’s most famous meal - turkey.
There were theories that say about turkey hunting before the dinner.
Then another one says that the selection of turkey was through the inspiration of Queen Elizabeth, whom was at dinner when she overheard that the Spanish ship sunk while on their mode to attack England. Then she was so delighted with the news and then she ordered one more goose to be served, and the US settlers also roasted turkeys because they had been motivated by her actions.
And there were also sayings that wild turkeys were initially from North America and so they became the natural choice of the early settlers.
Pies - pumpkin pies were the most common, but apple, sweet potato, pecan, and mincemeat pies are now becoming popular.
Stuffing or dressing - a mixture of bread cubes, onions, chopped celery, carrots, and sage full inside a turkey for roasting. Chopped sausage or bacon, chestnuts, and apples or raisins were sometimes included during the stuffing.
Turkey - goose, duck and ham, or turduken, a spatchcocked or a spattlecock is a combo of the three whole birds.
Australia - In Norfolk Island, it was celebrated every last Wednesday in the month of November.
Canada - Pumpkin pie is usually served here every second Monday of October.
Grenada - In the Caribbean, Western India, they have a National holiday called as Thanksgiving Day every October 25. Although they have the same name celebration, but India marks it as an anniversary from 1983 of the U. S. -led attack on the island.
India - Thai, Pongal is called a Harvest Thanksgiving Festival that is commonly celebrated in India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. It is a 4-day festive, wherein the base of the Gregorian calendar was normally remembered every January and part of their celebration is boiling of the initial rice of the season sanctified to the Sun.
Japan - Labor Thanksgiving Day is the national holiday that takes place on November 23. Their law that established the holiday was adopted from an American occupation after the World War II and cites it as the occasion for remembering Labor Day, and production by giving each other’s gratitude.
Liberia - In 1820, in West Africa, Liberia, with the migration of the freed dark slaves from the US and their Thanksgiving is every first Thursday of November.
Saint Lucia - the Thanksgiving celebration is taking place every first Monday of October.
The Netherlands - Many of the Pilgrims that migrated to Plymouth Plantation resided in Leiden City and to commemorate this, the non-denominational Thanksgiving celebration services is happening every year since 1609.
United States – Thanksgiving is presently commemorated every 4th Thursday of November by the federal legislation since 1941, ever since its proclamation in 1863. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the blessings and harvest of the year. The Americans "Holiday Season" starts with the Thanksgiving celebration.
United Kingdom - The Harvest Festival of flowers at the church in England, Shrewsbury every nearest Sunday from the harvest moon that takes place next to the autumnal equinox.