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Is Thanksgiving A Religious Holiday? November 23, 2006

Posted by fajita in General.

I think we all know Thanksgiving to be an American holiday. It is also perhaps one of our purist holidays as well. Although it serves as the launching pad for the consumer-obsessed Christmas holiday, Thanksgiving itself is not overly commercial.

But is it religious in nature? Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and even Valentine’s Day have their origins in Christianity. Chanukah and Ramadan are religious as well. Kwanzaa is not itself born of a certain religion, however, faith is one of its main principles. One would argue if there is no faith there is no Kwanzaa.

Non religiouis holidays like Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day clearly have their roots in American nationalism, patriotism, and so forth. We could throw Labor Day in ther as well. MLK Day is unique in that it is a civil rights holidays, but the very figure of the holiday was a pastor. So, MLK Day is and is not religious.

But what about Thanksgiving? We know it is American, but is it religious?



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