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From another perspective, it can be seen that the ancient origins of Thanksgiving stem from the tradition of harvest festivals stretching back long before early European colonists reached the New World...
A harvest festival honoring Min, god of vegetation and fertility, was celebrated by ancient Egyptians.,,Ancient Greeks gave thanks to Demeter, goddess of fertility and harvest. Romans honored the goddess of agriculture, Ceres (from which the word cereal is derived) and another festival was held to honor gods of grain....Ancient Celtic peoples had robust harvest festivals , and these traditions have continued for thousands of years. In Jewish tradition, the holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Booths) is observed in the fall in which special meals are eaten from a booth, hut, or sukkah, in thanks for the protection and care of god.
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