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Thanksgiving flowers

Flowers and words are the means of communication to show our emotions. Every flower, with its color and size and shape determines a meaning. Nowadays sending and gifting flowers on diffferent occassions has become the part of life. On festivals and celebrations like Thanksgiving and Christmas etc, we see people exchanging, gifting, and sending flowers.

ThanksgivingFlowerbouquet.jpg In history, mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies. The story of Thanksgiving is basically the story of the Pilgrims and their thankful community feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations were held by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrews, the Chinese, and the Egyptians.

The Thanksgiving flower story has always interested everyone alike. Thanksgiving is a symbol for tradition and sharing. People shared food and sent flowers to their loved ones. Thanksgiving was celebrated as harvest festivals in the ancient times. But in the modern times it modified into thanksgiving, giving thanks to elders by and offering to god for all his blessings.

In 1620, a boat with hundred people sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the New World, which questioned the beliefs of the Church of England and they got separated. The Pilgrims settled in Massachusetts. Their first winter in the New World was very difficult. The Iroquois Indians taught them how to grow corn (maize), a new food for the colonists. Indians showed them other crops to grow in the unfamiliar soil and how to hunt and fish.

Young observed the commonalities between the contemporary American Thanksgiving and the secular harvest celebration of 1621 and declared the Pilgrim’s feast of 1621 as “The First Thanksgiving”.

In 1789, US’s first President, Washington declared November 26 of that year as a national day of Thanksgiving. On this day Later it was stopped without any reason. Turkey, corn (or maize), pumpkins and cranberry sauce are symbols which represent the first thanksgiving.

In the meanwhile, a magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale worked hard to keep the idea of Thanksgiving alive. She published editorials and wrote letters to the President and Governors, appealing them to fix a day of Thanksgiving every year. Finally during the Civil War, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November, 1863 as Thanksgiving Day. And after the war, the Congress proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the last but one Thursday in November as the national Thanksgiving Day. In Canada thanksgiving day is celebrated on second Monday in October. Thus, thanksgiving day is being celebrated worldwide on different days, by the sharing of food and sending flower gifts to the people they love most, with the same enthusiasm.

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