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    Was the First Thanksgiving a Religious Celebration?

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    .. .For the Pilgrims and Puritans, "thanksgiving" days were spontaneous and sober affairs. When friends arrived from overseas, European Protestants defeated Catholics in battle, or a bumper crop was reaped, the Pilgrims dedicated a day to thanking divine Providence. They would have considered it presumptuous to schedule a thanksgiving day in advance … The Pilgrims' days of thanksgiving were usually spent in church, singing psalms, listening to sermons and praying. Work and playful pastimes were forbidden. When God provided, the Pilgrims were serious about gratitude … Some historians believe the 1621 celebration that's sometimes dubbed the "First Thanksgiving," was not actually a "thanksgiving" day at all. In fact, some historians even call it a "secular event."
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    It was religious. The fact that it was a "Thanksgiving" implies that it was to thank God. That there were other days of hunting or games preceding (or following) does not negate that fact. Just another attempt to negate America's Calvinist-Christian heritage

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    We have the "Erntedankfest" in Germany which is strongly related with "Thanksgiving" in America. As the name says, people used to thank god for a good and rich harvest ("Ernte") at the end of the harvest season. So I guess it has a clear religious origin because people were not thanking each other for the good harvest but "god".

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