Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving - September 24
Sat, Sep 24, 2022

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving is the oldest regularly celebrated Thanksgiving in America. There was no traditional Thanksgiving in the calendar yet, and this holiday was already celebrated all over the country.

History

The Schwenkfelders are the descendants of a German Protestant sect that emerged during the Reformation. The sect arose in honor of the theologian Kaspar Schwenkfeld, his followers separated from the Protestants and formed a brotherhood that exists today. Most of the Schwenkfelder followers settled in Pennsylvania.

Interesting Facts

  • The traditional Thanksgiving Day was first celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, but the event did not become popular.
  • The status of a national event was acquired in 1789 by George Washington, but its celebration was irregular.
  • In 1863, Lincoln legislated Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of the last month of autumn.
  • In 1939, Roosevelt changed the date to the fourth Thursday of the last day of autumn, the date has not changed since.

How to celebrate

If you would like to join the Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving celebration, find the nearest Schwenkfelder church. Read on the Internet how this holiday is traditionally celebrated, learn more about the culture and history of the sect. You can also visit the Schwenkfelder Heritage Center. Be sure to organize a meal in honor of the non-traditional Thanksgiving – it’s water, bread and two types of butter – butter and apple. Since oil is a staple on the holiday table, read about its history, and believe me, you will learn a lot of amazing facts.

When is Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving in 2022?

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving is observed on September 24 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 24 2022
Sunday September 24 2023
Tuesday September 24 2024
Wednesday September 24 2025
Thursday September 24 2026

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