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Thanksgiving becomes a national holiday

By |2018-10-29T14:36:41-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Sarah Hale, who made Thanksgiving a national holiday Thanksgiving in the 1700s In the 1700s, most of the thirteen colonies had public Thanksgiving feasts at least once a year. Sometimes people held them more than once a year. The governor of each colony decided when to celebrate Thanksgiving. But in 1817, the governor of New York State decided to [...]

Thanksgiving – American holidays

By |2018-10-29T14:26:47-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

History of Thanksgiving: A map of Wampanoag village at Plymouth Bay in 1613 AD,just before the Puritans arrived. See the growing crops around each house? Green Corn Ceremony Beginning about 100 AD, when they started farming their food, all throughout the middle and eastern parts of North America, people celebrated the Green Corn Ceremony every fall [...]

History of Halloween – American holidays

By |2018-10-02T10:13:05-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

History of Halloween: Pumpkins growing When did Halloween get started? Halloween is a pretty new holiday - American children didn't start trick-or-treating on Halloween until about eighty years ago. Halloween is a combination of several different holiday traditions: Native American ones, Irish ones, and old Roman ones. What about Thanksgiving? More American holidays [...]

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

Green corn ceremony – Native American religion

By |2018-04-12T08:53:19-07:00August 10th, 2017|Food, Native American, Religion|

Corn, beans, and squash growing together Like other people around the world, when people in North America started to get more of their food from farming, starting about 1 AD, they also began to hold harvest festivals every year to celebrate a successful harvest with plenty of food to eat for the next year. People thanked the [...]