Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of November, during autumn in the United States after the crops are gathered. When the first European settlers in America gathered their crops, they celebrated. They thanked their God for the success of the harvest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by pilgrim settlers from England. The Pilgrims were religious dissidents who fled oppression in England. They went first to the Netherlands, and then they left that country to establish a colony in North America. The Pilgrims landed in 1620 in what later became Plymouth Massachusetts. Their first months in America were difficult, too. About 100 Pilgrims landed just as autumn was turning to winter. During the cold months that followed, about half of them died. When spring came they began planting crops and celebrated the harvest in autumn.

So with this brief history of Thanksgiving, why do you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday?