Thanksgiving when established when changed.
Most elementary level students are familiar with the story of the
“First Thanksgiving” , but we ask Thanksgiving when established
when changed? Students learned that the Pilgrims landed
at Plymouth Rock in 1620. To celebrate their first harvest
they held a feast; inviting the Wampanoag Indians, who had
helped them adapt and survive, to join them.
The Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving in 1621 was really just a
continuation of a tradition they had experienced in Europe.
In most agricultural societies it has been common throughout
history to hold feasts and ceremonies during the time of the harvest.
The “First Thanksgiving,” in the Americas may have
actually taken place between Francisco Vásquez de Coronado
and the Teya Indians at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas on May 23, 1541.
Thanksgiving is something that we as a nation celebrate
on the 4th Thursday of each month. But for certain if
you are a yogi you practice Thanksgiving each day. Again ask,
formally as a nation, Thanksgiving when established when changed?
George Washington the first president of the United States
was the first to recognize and call the nation to a Thanksgiving so
you might ask “Thanksgiving, when established when changed”?
There were 12 states at his time comprising the United States.
Washington was a non-party affiliated
President. He favored a whiskey excise tax to add money to
the treasury of the USA but tabled the issue
of abolishing slavery for later date. Under his administration,
he did, though, regulate to reduce or eliminate the US involvement
in slave trade. He felt he was not experienced in administration capabilities
to be President, so he established a cabinet of experts to help run the nation.
Under George Washington the 12 amendments were added to the constitution.
It is important to note that George Washington even faced factions of different desires
politically and he was greatly concerned about the growing partisanship within
the government and the detrimental impact political parties could have on the
fragile unity of the nation, Washington struggled throughout his eight-year
presidency to hold rival factions together. He was, and remains, the only U.S.
president never to be affiliated with a political party. He was genuine in calling
the nation to engage of a day of Thanksgiving with his Proclamation.
Following many years later was Abraham Lincoln, who was totally disapproving
of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and in the midst of Civil War Lincoln
issued his proclamation. His proclamation for Thanksgiving when established
when changed notes that it will be the last Thursday of November. His proclamation
can be read below. He and his Secretary of State Seward penned it:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the
blessings of fruitful fields
and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly
enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they
come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a
nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the
heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful
providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude
and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign
States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace
has been preserved with all nations, order has been
maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed,
and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the
theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been
greatly contracted by the advancing armies and
navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the
fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have
not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe
had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the
mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals,
have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding
the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege
and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the
consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is
permitted to expect continuance of years with large
increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised
nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.
They are the Gracious Gifts of the Most High, who,
while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath
nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me
fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently
and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice
by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of
the United States, and also those who are at sea and
those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart
and observe … a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our
beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I
recommend to them that, while offering up the
ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances
and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our
national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his
tender care all those who have become widows, orphans,
mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which
we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the
interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds
of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent
with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment
of peace, harmony, tranquility and union.
It was under FDR that he gave the states the
option of celebrating Thanksgiving on the
next to the last Thursday or the last Thursday.
But is was in Dec 1946 when a congressional
law was passed to make it the fourth Thursday
of the month so that all may spend it in unity.
A true yogi focuses daily on areas of gratitude. Rather than
complain we turn our inward focus toward areas of gratitude.
A true Thanksgiving is rendered in the connotation of the meaning
of NAMASTE, recognizing the Light in each one of us, moves us
to the understanding that there is no other, only the Oneness,
unites us. For this we can be grateful when we hear a complaint
to turn attention inwardly to understand if one gains we all gain.
There is no conflict only two opposing needs. The Light inside of
us helps us find a way to bridge this opposition where we all win.