The American Spirit of Thanksgiving
United States of America was founded by a group of men ( Pilgrim fathers) whose adventurous spirit and the desire to establish a land of free thinkers bore fruit. Centuries have passed since then, and our country has advanced by leaps and bounds in all spheres be it military prowess, peaceful co-existence with peers across the globe, or multiculturalism within the country itself. All this has added unlimited feathers to our cap. However, we excel most in keeping the spirit of Thanksgiving alive even today through our undying faith in what our forefathers believed in, the freedom of the soul to chose between what is right and what is wrong and our inner strength to practice this faith in God and ourselves openly. In our national songs, “In God We Trust” or “one nation under God”, this faith finds special attention as well.
Thanksgiving in America is an embodiment of goodness and contentment. In a land partaking in plenty, this secular festival marks the coming together of distant family members to celebrate and pray for each other's well being and thank God for his immense grace. President George Washington first proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789 with these words, "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor...[we] recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God."
Hence for all of us, Thanksgiving is a time to rediscover the spiritual being within and draw strength from our founders and political zealots whose prolific faith has created a nation that we as well as our progeny will be proud of.
Take a quick peep here to mull over the true essence of the Spirit of Thanksgiving: