The Pilgrims struggled a lot before the first Thanksgiving. The voyage was long and many did not survive the winter. The native Indian tribe helped them and they survived. They called their first successful harvest Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims and Indians celebrated together for three days.
Even though their life styles are very different, the Indians helped them any way. It was only fitting that the Pilgrims invited and shared their harvest with them. The children from both communities played together. Pilgrim and Indian leaders ate at the High Table together. Even back then it was a festive event designed to be thankful.