The origin of Thanksgiving day

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This 25th of November is another Thanksgiving day, one of the most important holidays in United States. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year. This holiday has a very interesting history, and the stories about it date back to 17th century.

In the year 1620, the legendary pilgrims crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the New World, the Plymouth rock. Their journey of 66 days was extremely difficult, but the arrival to the New World was nothing easier either. Nearly 46 of Pilgrims died due to the extreme cold winter. However, in the spring of 1621, Squanto, a native Indian taught the pilgrims to survive by growing food and adapt to the new environment.

The Pilgrims learnt to grow corn, beans and pumpkins from the Indians, which helped all of them to survive. Next year the harvest was very good so they had a lot of food for everyone, and in the autumn the same year they held a grand celebration and invited 90 people including Indians who once helped them. The feast was organized to thank god for his favours and it is popularly known as “The first Thanksgiving feast”. It lasted for three days, and many historians suggest that a lot of dishes were prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods, and since the Pilgrims had no oven, the meal did not include pies, cakes or other desserts, which marks the celebrations nowadays.

Although there is no evidence that proves if the dinner actually took place, the tradition of the Thanksgiving day remained, and nowadays is one of the most important ones.

Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals shared by cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving day resemble Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Finally, Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores.

International Thanksgiving Madrid

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Another Thanksgiving day is here, and maybe some of you can’t celebrate it with your families. But don’t worry! You can celebrate it with your international family in Madrid! International Thanksgiving in Madrid is an event for everyone, for those who celebrates this holiday every year, and those who just would like to bring their favorite food or typical food from their country, and share it with others!

International Thanksgiving in Madrid will take place on 25th of November at 19:30 h

The only thing you have to bring is yourself, good mood and your favourite food or the food typical from your country. Lets make our international family in Madrid!

Meeting point: Puerta del Sol, the bear statue 

The International Thanksgiving in Madrid will take place in the bar where we can share the food we bring and the drinks are very cheap!

And for those who want to stay and party with us all night, we will take you to the original Pub Crawl Madrid!

Join the International Thanksgiving in Madrid!

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