A favorite holiday loved by all the escorts here in Chicago is certainly Thanksgiving. It’s a time for family and love and eating and sharing. A few of our escorts work at the local food bank and have been helping prepare for the holiday meal. The homeless are all invited and these gals give up their own holiday and work all day to serve those who need it. Chicago has its share of homeless and less fortunate. It’s a blessing to be able to be so kind-hearted that you want to help others have a nice meal on a cold Chicago Thursday.
This brings us to a few questions everyone has, so here are a few common questions and next week we can tell you what food was served!
When Was the First Thanksgiving Celebrated?
Although the modern day Thanksgiving feast takes place on the third Thursday of November, the first Thanksgiving did not. This feast most likely happened sometime between September and November of 1621. No exact date for the feast has ever been recorded so one can only assume it happened sometime after the fall harvest. The celebration took place for three days and
included recreational activities.
Who Was at the First Thanksgiving?
Guests at the feast included all the pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians from a nearby village, including their leader Massasoit. One of these Indians, was a young man who spoke fluent English and had been appointed by Massasoit to serve as the pilgrim’s translator and guide. This particular Indian learned English prior to the pilgrim’s arrival after he was captured by English explorers and spent time in Europe as a slave.
When Did Thanksgiving Become a National Holiday?
Continental Congress declared the first national Thanksgiving on December 18, 1777 and then in 1789, George Washington declared the last Thursday in November a national Thanksgiving as well. These were mere declarations and not official holidays. Future presidents did not continue the Thanksgiving declaration.
Why Is it Called Thanksgiving?
The feast celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621 was never actually called “Thanksgiving” by the colonists. It was simply a harvest celebration. A few years later, in July of 1623, the pilgrims did hold what they called a “Thanksgiving”. This was simply a religious day of prayer and fasting that had nothing to do with the fall harvest.
Over the years, the names of the two events became intertwined and by the late 1600s, many individual colonies and settlements began holding “Thanksgiving feasts” during the autumn months.