Thanksgiving origins often lost in celebrations

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When we think of Thanksgiving day, we think about our families get- ting together, food, football and a break from school.
Even though Thanksgiving sounds fun, many people do not know what started the tradition of giving thanks.
As many may know, in 1621 the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts had a harvest celebration that is be- lieved to be the first Thanksgiving Day. In 1623 due to giving thanks for the rain that ended the drought.
On Timeanddate.com website, states the first Thanksgiving Day is
thought to have been celebrated in El Paso, Texas in 1598 or possibly in the Virginia Colony in 1619.
Thanksgiving may have started in the 1600s but it wasn’t until 1789 that George Washington officially turned Thanksgiving into a holiday in the United States.
Now days most Americans cel- ebrate Thanksgiving by just getting together and having dinner.
Some religions celebrate Thanks- givingfirstbywakingupandgoingto church in the morning and later then some say a prayer before dinner where they read parts of the Bible.
Just like Thanksgiving is celebrat-
ed through many religions, some cul- tures put their own twist into dinner. For instance, Vegans may opt for Tofurky as an alternative to meat-
based dishes.
Mexican families often enjoy a
dish of steamed cornmeal dough filled with seasoned meats known as Tamales, and Champurrado, a thick Mexican hot chocolate variant.
The Cherokee Thanksgiving din- ner includes Awi hawiya (Venison) and Saloli ugami gotvtanv assusti (Squirrel Gravy).
A traditional Thanksgiving for Miwuk Indians includes Indian Tacos made on acorn frybread.