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Thanksgiving Day is a feast that most Protestants celebrate every November; however, the Church of God does not keep Thanksgiving Day. In fact, the Church only observes God’s feasts, in accordance with the teachings of the Bible.
In 1620, more than a hundred Puritans boarded the Mayflower and left England for a New World: America. The following year, they cultivated the American soil and harvested bountiful crops. They had much to be thankful for and decided to hold a commemorative feast. This is the origin of Thanksgiving Day. George Washington, the first American president, suggested that November 26th be appointed as Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1863, as the long and bloody Civil War came to an end, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day is one of the largest national festivals celebrated in America, but it is not a religious feast. During Thanksgiving time, most companies grant their employees long vacations.
Thus, it is acceptable that Americans have a pleasant time during this national festival, but it is blatantly incorrect to assume that Thanksgiving Day was appointed as a feast by God.
Moreover, it is blasphemy to teach that Thanksgiving Day originated from the Day of Firstfruits—Resurrection Day in the New Testament—or from the Feast of Tabernacles, both of which are God's feasts. God has never commanded us to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
The Church of God only keeps the feasts that the Second Coming Christ Ahnsahnghong commanded us to keep, the feasts described in the Bible.