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Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Although it’s commemorated throughout the country, not everyone is familiar with the history of Thanksgiving. Uncovering the facts will help remove the various myths that have grown around it through the years. Illness and Food Shortage During the early 1600s, several Pilgrims chose to reside in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Initially the area looked ideal. In the years 1619 to 1620, severe winters came. Their lack of knowledge about farming made things worse. As food became scare, various ailments began appearing. Almost half the population died during this period. Although some American Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant, it wasn’t enough to overcome the problem. The Redistribution of Land A student of the history of Thanksgiving will also realize that the famine took place because...

Why Should We Honor Veterans?

Why Should We Honor Veterans?
There are several reasons why we should honor veterans. If you’re among the few who are still wondering if it’s necessary, the subsequent explanations should prove sufficient. For Risking Their Lives These people are willing to put their lives on the line. They go to war zones and are willing to face danger and death. They don’t do this to attain glory or fame. Soldiers do it so the people back home will have the chance to live in peace. The soldiers fight so you don’t have to. Joining the military is voluntary. Fighting for your countrymen can’t be forced on anyone. Yet they do it, not just for their families but even total strangers. This is one reason why we should honor veterans. For the Family Sacrifices They Make The soldier who goes to the battlefield isn’t just putting...

Why is Mardi Gras Celebrated?

Why is Mardi Gras Celebrated?
Wherever it’s held the scenes at carnivals are full of color, pageantry and pure frenzy. Yet behind it all, there are many reasons why people celebrate Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday The carnival is also called Fat Tuesday, as it takes place before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. So Fat Tuesday or carnival is the last chance for people to enjoy themselves before turning to prayers and meditation. So while the scene is filled with frenzy and partying, there are actually religious undertones beneath it all. It’s worth noting that the carnival is another example of how the Church managed to fuse the pagan elements with Christian themes. Unable to stop the populace from participating, the authorities infused it with a religious element. To Promote Tourism Another reason...

Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?

Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?
It’s a time honored tradition but the reasons why we eat turkey at Thanksgiving is still a matter of dispute. To get an idea of the tradition’s origin, knowing the history of this feast is necessary. Beginnings During the period from 1619 to 1620, the Pilgrims residing in Plymouth, Massachusetts experienced severe food shortages. It was brought about by poor weather and unstable food supplies. To overcome the problem they turned to the Native Americans. The Indians taught the Pilgrims how to farm. A Gift from the Native Americans The famine ended in 1621. To show their gratitude the Pilgrims held a feast in 1621. The Native Americans were invited. They brought along with them some turkey. Based on this tradition, the reason why we eat turkey at Thanksgiving stemmed from the gifts given...

Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?

Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?
The history of Bonfire Night is commemorated every 5th of November. It is marked by colorful explosions and of course, several bonfires. It is a celebration of the foiled attempt by Guy Fawkes to destroy Parliament. Background Information When King James ascended to the throne, English Catholics hoped that the religious policy would change. Under Queen Elizabeth I, the Catholics were forbidden to practice their religious belief. However, King James I didn’t repeal any of these laws. If anything, things just got worse. Not only were they still forbidden to practice their belief, but penalties were imposed on people who didn’t attend Protestant sermons. What made it worse was that King James was the son of Mary, Queen of the Scots and a devout Catholic. Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot The...