Zeng Taiyuan (Associate Professor and Former Head of the English Department of Soochow University) One of America's Most Important Holidays: Thanksgiving Day The fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving in the United States (Thanksgiving, the full name of Thanksgiving Day). For most Americans, Thanksgiving is the most important holiday after Christmas. Even, due to the serious commercialization of Christmas, Thanksgiving, which attaches importance to family reunion, is more cherished.
I teach in the English Department of Soochow University in Taipei. Every year before Thanksgiving in late November, the department will photo background removing launch a "Thanksgiving dinner", inviting teachers and students to participate. This cultural event has been held for many sessions and is one of the long-standing traditions of the Soochow English Department. Through the dinner party activities, teachers and students remind each other to know good fortune and cherish good fortune, and always be grateful. The "First Thanksgiving" in American history was held in 1621 and has a history of nearly 400 years. Let's start from the beginning and briefly understand the historical background of Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving was associated with the Puritans, Indians In September 1620, after more than a month of accidents and delays, the passenger ship "Mayflower" finally set sail from Plymouth in southern England. The ship was full of more than 100 Puritans (that is, Puritans.
Now known as Pilgrims "Pilgrims", also known as Pilgrim Fathers "Pilgrimage Ancestors"), they encountered many obstacles at sea, and finally arrived in the New World of North America in November. Plymouth Colony was established in present-day Massachusetts (Massachusetts). After arriving, the situation was not smooth, and they were greeted by a harsh winter and a dangerous epidemic. There was not enough food to wrap the belly, and the epidemic was rampant, and most of the people died. The following year, in 1621, with the assistance of the local Indians, the Puritan immigrants learned to farm, fish and hunt. The Governor of the Colony invited the neighboring Indians to join them in their Harvest Celebration, a three-day feast with all the settlers. The surviving Puritans thanked the seasons for their generous gifts, the Indians for their warm help, and God for helping them get through this year's hardships, allowing them to turn over from the bottom and get better. This is the first Thanksgiving.