1.Who celebrates Thanksgiving?
Americans of all religions celebrate Thanksgiving.
2.When is Thanksgiving celebrated?
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November
3.When did this tradition start?
This tradition started with the Pilgrim Fathers
4.Who were the “Pilgrim Fathers”?
The Pilgrim Fathers were Puritans. They were against the Church of England. They were the founders of a colony in North America.
5.Why did they leave England? Where did they go?
They left England because they suffered religious persecution. They wanted to start a new life in a new country. They went to North America.
6.When did they leave England? Where did they leave from (name of the port)?
They left England on 6 September 1620, from Plymouth in south-west England.
7.How many people left England? What was the name of their ship?
102 Men, women and children left England on a ship called the Mayflower.
8.Where did they arrive? When?
They arrived on the north east coast of North America on 11 December 1620.
9.What did they do as soon as they arrived there? What happened to them?
As soon as they arrived they built small houses but it was too late to grow crops. The winter was very long and cold and half of the Pilgrims died.
10.Who helped them?
In Spring a native American called Squanto helped them.
11.How did he help them?
He taught them how to grow corn and how to hunt and fish.
12.What was the name of the tribe who helped the pilgrims?
The tribe who helped the pilgrims was the Wampanoag.
13.What did the pilgrims do that first spring?
The Pilgrims grew crops.
14.What happened the first summer?
The summer harvest was excellent.
15.What had happened by November 1621?
By November 1621 everyone had food and a home.
16.Who was the governor of the Pilgrim´s colony back then? What did he decide to do and why?
William Bradford was the governor of the Pilgrim´s colony. He decided to celebrate with a dinner for the Pilgrims and about ninety Native Americans because he wanted to thank God.
17.How long did the celebration last?
It lasted three days.
18.How is a “traditional Thanksgiving” today?
Today the traditional Thanksgiving meal is similar to the first. People eat roast turkey with cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn and pumpkin pie.
19.What famous parade is organized in America? Where? How many people go there to see it?
New York celebrates with Macy´s Thanksgiving Parade. More than two million people go there to see it every year.
20.Would you like to celebrate Thanksgiving at home? why or why not?