Thanksgiving Symbols

 

 

Thanksgiving is an American holiday built around a feast that brings together family and friends. First intended as a celebration of the harvest, it has come to be a day for recounting the bounty of blessings present in each person's life.

Special thanksgiving symbols are:

Corn: 

  • At the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans are believed to have brought large ears of this grain to the table. Accomplished farmers and hunters, the colonists' survival can be traced to the natives' willingness to share growing techniques with their new neighbors.

  • Nowadays, it serves as both a delicious accompaniment to the turkey and a multi-colored decoration. 


Turkey: 

  • The celebration of Thanksgiving will be incomplete without the legendary Turkey

  • The big bird is the central figure in almost every family's feast – it is known as Turkey Day for a reason, after all!

  • Today, Turkey is the main dish during the celebration. It is the main mascot of the modern-day thanksgiving. The festivity completes with the 'Turkey Song'. 


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Song

O turkey dear
O turkey dear
How lovely are thy feathers

O turkey dear
O turkey dear
There could be nothing better!

We celebrate Thanksgiving Day
By putting your carcass on display.

O turkey dear
O turkey dear
You thought we were friends who came to greet you.

O turkey dear
O turkey dear
We gathered here to eat you!

O turkey day
O turkey day
The family is all together

O turkey day
O turkey day
We've over come bad weather

Seeing the family is so fab
We'll see ya'll again in rehab.

O turkey day
O turkey day
We'll drink away your memory. 


Cornucopia:  

  • The cornucopia symbolizes the productivity of nature. Known as the “horn of plenty,” it is a horn-shaped container or basket filled with the bounties of harvest, particularly fruits and grains.

  • With its roots in Greek and Roman mythology, this sign of abundance now serves largely as a reminder of all the good fortune the year since last Thanksgiving has brought.


Beans   

  • Beans are a special symbol of thanksgiving. 

  • Native Americans taught the pilgrims to grow beans next to cornstalks so that beans could grow and use cornstalks as their pole. American beans are also known as 'Pole Beans'.

  • Beans are a part of thanksgiving feast.


Pumpkins and gourds:

  • These vegetables are native to North America and often blossom in the Fall.

  • Much like corn, they were readily available to those who gathered at the table for the first Thanksgiving.

  • Though you will find them as decorations, most people include them in the form of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top.


Cranberries: 

  • Modern staple diet of Thankgiving

  • cranberry sauce is a permanent companion of turkey during thanksgiving feast. 

 

 






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