We all know the story of the Pilgrims and Pocahontas, right? Well, when the pilgrims landed in 1620, they were not prepared for the harsh winter conditions and many of them died. During the following year, they were blessed with a bountiful harvest. From this harvest they had a feast, in which they gave thanks for the harvest. This is originally thought to be the first Thanksgiving, but some experts believe that other immigrants to the New World may have started the tradition much earlier. In any case, another Thanksgiving feast was not held again until 1623, when the pilgrims’ crops had started to die due to drought and they prayed for rain. This seems to be where the modern Thanksgiving developed – giving thanks for their rewards. Thanksgiving is now primarily celebrated in the USA and Canada.