Symbols of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day celebration will be incomplete without the legendary turykey. The Pilgrims used to call any
wild fowl, turkey. The turkey is usually the main course of most household during this celebration. It is a
customary dinner which serves as a reminder of the four wild turkeys that were served at the first Thanksgiving
The Cornucopia s a symbol of nature's productivity. It is the "horn of plenty" and is the most common symbol of a
harvest festival. It is a horn-shaped container or basket that is filled with the abundance of a harvest.
The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat's horn.
According to ancient Greek mythology,
it was one of the horns of a goat called Amalthaea. The horn could produce ambrosia and nectar which was the food
and drink of the gods. This goat supposedly nursed the god Zeus when he was a baby. Zeus later set the goat's image in
the sky known to us today as the constellation Capricorn, to show his gratitude.
However, according to Roman mythology, the cornucopia was the horn of Achelous, the river god. The horn was
broken off in a fight with Hercules. It was believed that Achelous came in the form of a bull. The water nymphs
then filled the horn with flowers and fruit to offer it to the goddess of plenty, called Copia.
Another symbol of the modern Thanksgiving dinner is the pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is one of the most important
symbols of the harvest festival and is an American favorite.
Cranberries are a kind of berry. Its name originated from crane berry because of its pink blossoms
and drooping head which reminded the Pilgrims of the crane. The Pilgrims found out how to sweeten the bitter
cranberries with maple sugar. The cranberry sauce was and is still used as a compabion of turkey during Thanksgiving
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Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to grow beans next to cornstalks. The was so that tbe beans could
use the cornstalks as their pole as they grow, hence American beans are also known as Pole beans. Beans are
therefore a special symbol of thanksgiving feast.