Wednesday, November 25, 2009
November 26 is Thanksgiving!
In September 1620, a group of English people called the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth, England across the Atlantic Ocean, in a ship called the Mayflower, to Cape Cod in North America.
They went away from England because they did not agree with the religion in England. They wanted to make a new life in a new country.
They sailed for sixty-six dangerous days across the Atlantic Ocean. When they arrived, they called their new home New England, but they were not the first people to live there. The Wampanoag were the first people. Sometimes the Pilgrim Fathers fought with the Wampanoag, but they also learned a lot from them. The Wampanoag thought them to live from their ne land, and to grow and cook new kinds of fruit and vegetables.
The First Winter was difficult. Many of the Pilgrim Fathers dies because it was very cold and they had little food. In the spring they started to grow food, with the help of some friendly Wampanoag, and in the autumn of 1621 they celebrated their first harvest. They gave thanks, not only for the harvest, but for their new home, new life and new friends.
Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November. Most American families have a Thanksgiving dinner together: they have turkey and autumn vegetables, and then pumpkin pie.
At the American Corner Skopje: "A Taste of Thanksgiving" with Peace Corps Volunteers.
Friday, November 27 at 18:00.
For more info, Read Thanksgiving Holiday Is Reminder to Americans to Help Others
To read the President Obama's proclamation for Thanksgiving day, click HERE.