Amusingly about Thanksgiving

What happens when you combine a hearty dinner, family, lots of fun, and lots of roast turkey? Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States and on the second Monday in October in Canada. In 2020, Thanksgiving fell on November 26 (the same date as the first celebration in history). It will start the holiday season, which continues until the New Year. In this article we will tell you the origin, as well as traditions, interesting facts and quotes about this holiday, significant for Americans, but little known in our area.

Thanksgiving itself is a mixture of facts and myths: some of the so-called origins of its traditions have no evidence, while many parts of the holiday have become purely commercial. Here's what we know about Thanksgiving, from its origins to how it is celebrated today.

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. It carried 102 passengers - a group of religious separatists looking for a new home where they could freely practice their faith and others tempted by promises of prosperity and land ownership. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared the Autumn Harvest Festival, which is today recognized as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, this holiday was celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, at the height of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln declared every fourth Thursday in November national Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving traditions

In many American families, this holiday has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now focuses on sharing a hearty meal with family and friends. Turkey, so common on Thanksgiving that it has become almost synonymous with the holiday, today nearly 90% of Americans eat this bird according to the National Turkey Federation (yes, there is one). Other traditional foods include mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Parades have also become an integral part of celebrations in cities and towns across the United States. Held by Macy's department store since 1924, New York's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the largest and most famous, attracting 2 to 3 million viewers.

Fun facts about Thanksgiving Day

  1. President George W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey.
    In 1989, the 41st president pardoned the first turkey - meaning it would never be anyone's dinner - even after he noticed the 50-pound bird looked a little nervous at his official Thanksgiving proclamation. Since then, each president has kept this tradition, and some of the turkeys have served a different purpose. In 2005 and 2009 birds went to Disneyland and Disney World to participate in the annual Thanksgiving parades.
  2. The turkey bird is associated with the country of Turkey.
    The bird received the name identical to the country due to the fact that guinea fowls, birds similar to a turkey, were transported from east Africa to Europe through Turkey. Colonists, seeing similar birds on the new land, also named them Turkey.
  3. There is a turkey hotline. It works in the US and Canada and you can call there if you have any questions regarding turkey cooking. Since we do not have such a hotline, write your questions in the comments)

And for dessert, thanksgiving quotes.

"There's always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Even if it's just not being a turkey." 

"Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, one by one, as each relative goes home." 

“Thanksgiving — when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook.”

Perhaps we need a day when we should thank the world for everything, well, or at least for the fact that you are not a turkey on Thanksgiving ...

Author: Andrew Shapovalov

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