Today, people across the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving, a day that conjures up images of turkeys, feasting, football and family celebrations. However when you look back as to why Thanksgiving came about, its original meaning is actually quite different and in my opinion its basis is even more beautiful. It holds at its core the same values of community that lie at the heart of Londolozi’s story too, which is why we’ve chosen to hop on this holiday bandwagon.
The very first Thanksgiving Day can be traced all the way back to 1621. Following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock in December 1620, the Pilgrims (religious refugees from England) suffered the severe loss of half of their original 102 colonists when their harvests failed. Their fortune was turned only with the grace of the local Wampanoag tribe, who taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, beans and squash; catch fish, and collect seafood and as a result the colonists survived the bitter winter and thrived in the harvest the following year. In celebration and as an act of appreciation, a three day long traditional English harvest festival was created. It brought these disparate groups together in a moment of united thanksgiving.