is a national holiday
celebrated in Canada
, in the United States
, in some of the Caribbean islands
and in Liberia
. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest
and of the preceding year. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.