Thanksgiving Day Symbols

Thanksgiving Day SymbolsThanksgiving symbolizes the joy of loving, caring, and sharing. It is all about togetherness and merry making. The festival stands for the 'Oneness' of people. It epitomizes peace, harmony and union.
Thanksgiving symbols are conventional signs that carry significance worldwide.

A staple item at almost every Thanksgiving table is the customary 'Pumpkin Pie'. Pilgrims probably made a pumpkin dish sweetened with honey or syrup. Pumpkin leaves were also used as salads.
Pumpkin is one of the important symbols of the harvest festival and has been an American-favorite for over 400 years now. 

The celebration of Thanksgiving will be incomplete without the legendary Turkey. It derives its name from the 'turk turk' sounds it makes when scared. Turkey was at one time being considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin felt that turkey was the right choice because it was a good runner and had a sharp sight.

Corn is one of the popular symbols of thanksgiving. Some Americans considered blue and white corn sacred. Americans taught pilgrims how to grow corn and help them survive the bitter winter of 1620. It is certain that corn were a part of the first thanksgiving dinner. 

Cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet staple of thanksgiving. Originally called crane berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head which reminded the pilgrim of a crane. Cranberry sauce is a permanent companion of turkey during thanksgiving feast. 

Cornucopia is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. A Horn shaped container, it is filled with abundance of the Earth's harvest. It is also known as the 'horn of plenty'. The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat's horn filled to brim with fruits and grains.

Beans are a special symbol of thanksgiving. Native Americans are believed to have taught the pilgrims to grow beans next to cornstalks. This was so that beans could grow and use cornstalks as their pole.

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