Bullion Holiday Deals: Thanksgiving

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HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving throughout history has been a day of prayer and thanks. Traditionally it started as a celebration after a robust harvest season. In the US, Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday each year in November. It is a holiday celebrated by many cultures, religions, and those who are more secular in their beliefs. 

American Thanksgiving is rooted in the Protestant Reformation as well as two events in the early 1600s. Puritans during the Protestant Reformation sought to break away from the Catholic Church, and that included doing away with any church holidays. Instead, they wanted to replace these holidays with either Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving. A day of fasting meant a day of fasting and prayer in response to an event caused by God’s scorn. A day of Thanksgiving was a day of worship in thanks to events caused by God’s favor and mercy. 

Modern Thanksgiving traces back to two periods in 1619 and 1621. In 1619, 38 English settlers arrived on the shores of Charles City County, VA. As instructed by the London Company, they ended the day in a religious celebration. The 1621 event in Plymouth is perhaps the most well-known, where Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to celebrate and give thanks in a feast and thanksgiving. The Native Americans helped the pilgrims with food in a time of famine. The 3-day feast included what is said to be 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans, as accounted for by Edward Winslow, who attended. Perhaps the most famous Native American was Squanto, who taught the pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn.

It wasn’t until November 1789 that George Washington declared an official nationwide Thanksgiving celebration. He stated that it was to be “...a day of ...Thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”

CURRENT PRACTICES

Today, many celebrate Thanksgiving in various ways and traditions. However, most beloved traditions still prevail. Many spend time with family or other loved ones, including friends. Foods include the traditional turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread/biscuits, cranberry sauce, and various sweet pies. A dry and brittle wishbone is pulled by two people, with whoever winning the largest piece securing their wish. Many families partake in games, watching football, or the famous NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Others volunteer to donate food or to serve food to people in need. After a hearty meal, families, and friends take time to talk and bond together. 

THANKSGIVING FESTIVALS WORLDWIDE

Many countries around the world celebrate in similar festivals to Thanksgiving. Some of these include the Kadazan Festival in Malaysia, Chuseok Harvest Festival in Korea, Festival of the Yams in Ghana, Erntedankfest in Germany, the Harvest Moon Festival/Mid-Autumn Festival in China, Sukkot in Israel, and Pongal in India. Other countries that celebrate harvest/Thanksgiving festivals include Australia, Canada, Liberia, Netherlands, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

CELEBRATE WITH PRECIOUS METALS

Bullion Exchanges carries many precious metals products for your Thanksgiving holiday. Our Gold American Buffalos and Pre-1933 Gold Indian Head coins honor the Native American people who helped the early settlers with food and the harvest. Or explore the George & Martha Washington First Spouse Coin and 1982 George Washington Silver Half Dollar, and celebrate the President who declared the first nationwide Thanksgiving holiday. Commemorate America with the most popular coins from the US Mint, the American Gold Eagle and American Silver Eagle. Additionally, this gold and silver America the Beautiful coin will remind you of the famous 1621 event in Plymouth MA where the pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated in a 3-day feast together. If you’re interested in platinum, the beloved Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Series showcases a young America cultivating her harvest and country in both life and liberty.

Order your coins from Bullion Exchanges as we celebrate in harvest, bounty, and thanks by buying commemorative precious metals.