Forefathers’ Day

Nothing is more important than our heritage. The American dream is built on heritage. Now that’s definitely an event worth celebrating.Forefathers’ Day is designed to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in the Massachusetts area of Plymouth. This was on the 21st December 1620. In 1769, the Old Colony Club introduced the day to honor their forefathers. All club members participate in a march to the top Cole’s Hill. The forefathers are honored with a proclamation. Another important ritual is the firing of the club’s cannon. You can read more about all of these rituals online to get a better understanding.Another part of the tradition involves a succotash dinner. Both the Old Colony Club and Mayflower Society offer this service. This was part of the first celebration and has been ongoing ever since. This is a type o culinary dish made mainly of sweetcorn. It is often combined with lima beans or other types of shell bean. It is quite versatile, as you can see. Succotash was originally served in a broth that contained large pieces of meat or fowl, and was then sliced at the table. As you can see, the recipe has evolved a lot over time. Unbeknownst to many, the Old Colony Club did not call the Forefathers “pilgrims”. This is another fact that was not realized until later. The Old Colony Club and the Mayflower Society are both worth exploring. The Mayflower Society (officially The General Society of Mayflower Descendants) is a hereditary group of people whose descent can be traced back to at least one of the Mayflower’s 102 passengers. This is the area today known as Plymouth. Since 1897, this society has been in existence for many years. It is home to the Old Colony Club which is the oldest Gentlemen’s Club in America. It was established in Plymouth in 1769. Eight gentlemen founded the club. They said they wanted to avoid “the many disadvantages, and inconveniences that arise out of intermixing with company at the taverns… Plymouth.” It is fascinating to read about the club’s history and traditions. It was actually destroyed by a split between Patriots and Tory members during the American Revolution. It was revived in 1875. Forefathers’ Day commemorates the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower pilgrims across the Atlantic Ocean. The Pilgrim Fathers, who had fled England to seek better days, settled in the US territory. They later christened it New England.

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