Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cornucopia: A Symbol of the Harvest

A cornucopia, also called a horn of plenty, was traditionally made of a goat's horn overflowing with fruits, flowers and grains of the harvest.  It symbolizes abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

At what time the cornucopia made its way into our country's consciousness as a Thanksgiving holiday symbol is difficult to say.  But with its meaning of abundance and good fortune, the horn of plenty is now a symbol of Americans’ thoughts of thankfulness each November.

Cornucopias have become customary fall centerpieces and usually feature a basket woven into a horn-like shape.  Today, we fill these baskets with autumn foliage, fresh flowers, pods, and fresh fruits such as persimmon or pomegranates.  Whether it goes by the name cornucopia or horn of plenty, the meaning of this ancient symbol still resonates today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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