Symbols of Thankgiving
A festival can not be completed without its special few symbols that signify its relevance for the season. Turkey, Corn, Pumpkin, Cranberry, Beans and Cornucopia are the chief symbols for Thanksgiving. Each one of them plays a significant role and nowadays, all these symbols are used to draw the greetings card or to decorate houses.
- Turkey: No one can imagine Thanksgiving without the legendary Turkey. It has been derived from the sound that it makes when scared "turk turk". Earlier, the bird used to be the national bird of America. Now, on each and every Thanksgiving dinner table one can find turkey as a main course. It is a reminder of the 'Four Wild Turkeys' served during the first Thanksgiving feast.
- Corn: It is one of the most popular symbols for the Thanksgiving. It comes with different colors but the blue and white corns are considered sacred. It is believed that the corns were harvested even before the Pilgrims by the native Indians. It symbolizes the survival of the colonies. Ornamental corncobs are used to make wreaths or to decorate the dinner tables during the festival.
- Pumpkin: The "Pumpkin Pie" adorns every dinner table during Thanksgiving. The pumpkin leaves are used for making salads. It's been over 400 years and still American's love for the vegetable as a symbol hasn't faded.
- Cranberry: Indians that time used to call cranberry as "ibimi" means "bitter berry". The colonists named them "crane-berry" because the flowers used to make its branches to bend which resembles the neck of a crane. Later, the named changed to cranberry. The Indians taught the Pilgrims how to cook sweetened cranberry sauce. Ever since, the sauce is served along with turkey.
- Beans: It was the natives who taught the Pilgrims to grow beans next to the cornstalks. The Americans beans are also known as "Pole Beans" and are known as one of the "Three sisters".
- Cornucopia: As per the Greek legend, as a sign of veneration, Amalthea who was a goat broke one of her horns and offered to the Greek God Zeus. Later, Zeus set the goat's image in a sky as a sign of gratitude which is now known as constellation Capricorn.