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During the fall, people around the world give thanks for the food they have. They have done this for thousands of years. People share food with their families and with people who do not have enough food. They give thanks for many other things, too. Can you think of something that you are thankful for?

Pilgrims and the Wampanoag

Long ago, people called Pilgrims came to North America. The Pilgrims came from England on a ship called the Mayflower.

Before they came, many other people already lived here. Those people were American Indians. The American Indians who lived near the Pilgrims were called the Wampanoag (WAHM puh NOH ag) people. Wampanoag means eastern people.

A Hard Year

During their first year in this country, the Pilgrims did not have much food. They were hungry. The Wampanoag people helped them. They showed the Pilgrims how to grow corn and where to hunt. They helped the Pilgrims live through a cold winter.

The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people had a harvest feast together to give thanks for having enough food, as well as a friendship with each other. They ate, played games, and told stories.

Thanksgiving Today in the United States

Every year in November, people in the United States remember that harvest feast and call it Thanksgiving Day. Schools close and so do stores, so that everyone can celebrate the holiday.

Some people have parades with big floats. Some eat turkey dinners. They relax with family or friends. Some people bring food to other people who need it. Some people do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but they still enjoy staying home from school!

What do you do on Thanksgiving Day?