This may sound like a stupid question but......

November 28, 2009 9:28am CST
Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving? All I know is you eat turkey on that day!! Is it just Americans that celebrate thanksgiving or do other countries celebrate it as well? Why did the day come about in the first place?
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@Trensue (5253)
• United States
28 Nov 09
In America it is celebrated in memory of the settler's of Jamestown who made it through the first winter and were able to harvest crops and have a feast. It is doubtful that turkey was on the first menu, but unrealistic that everyone would roast a goose or have access to lobster. Many countries have some sort of harvest festival - which essentially would be thanksgiving.
@Baluyadav (3644)
• India
28 Nov 09
Hi,sky,The main reason behind that celebrations- * The pilgrims left England for New Holland to escape religious persecution. * They decided to go to America because they did not like their life in New Holland. * The boarded the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. * Their first winter was terrible and they lost many of their group. * Their first harvest in the fall of 1621 was bountiful. * The celebrated the harvest with the Indians that helped them survive. The feast lasted for three days. Harvest related festivals, all the over the world are characterized with lot of fun and merrymaking. Each region has its unique customs and traditions to jubilant the occasion. http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/thanksgiving-around-world.html Have a nice day.
28 Nov 09
My kids made harvest baskets for harvest festival at school, then they were taken to the older residence in our community. They do it every year. Thanks for the link and the reply. Happy Mylotting
• United States
28 Nov 09
to show gratitude for everything we are thankful for in life. the thanksgiving tradition originally began to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. this tradition has been held since at least the 1930's, almost 200 years after the pilgrims set apart a day to celebrate at Plymouth immediately after their first harvest in 1621. Hope that helps =]
28 Nov 09
I think every country should have a day to show gratitude for things we are thankful for. But we are all different. Thanks for the reply happy mylotting
@Godmother (476)
• Indonesia
1 Dec 09
Hi Skyeblue, I'm from Indonesia. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving because we know its very American. But lots of the five stars hotels in our capital city, Jakarta, do have special thanksgiving menus on that day, to cater to the foreigners here. Indonesia has 33 provinces, and usually the villages still hold a kind of thanksgiving ritual for their first harvest, and most of them are influenced by Hindu religion (Before Christianity and Moslem came, we are mostly Hindu and Buddhas). Some are just simple dancing together and eating together, but some are big and festive, like the one they hold in Bali.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
28 Nov 09
I don't know much about americans customs as I don't feel special interest about that country, but I can tell you that in Europe neither in Asia that day is celebrated. Seems like a local celebration. Different customs make every country special, so that's the special thing about America.