According to Wikipedia:
Thanksgiving in North America originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest.While many are opposed to the celebration of Thanksgiving because of the treatment that the European settlers later inflicted on the Native people of North America, it should not get lost in the message of giving thanks for what we have.
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