What is Thanksgiving?

Do you know what Thanksgiving is?

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving-gratitude to God.

Thanksgiving-an annual national holiday that could be religious, the holiday also celebrates harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and in US fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving has two meanings because people celebrate it because of religion or they could celebrate it because of harvest feast.

Facts Of Thanksgiving

Did you know that about 13% of the people don't plan to celebrate Thanksgiving

so about 87% do celebrate Thanksgiving.

Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

  • "The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving."
  • "The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America."
  • "They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'."
  • "They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts."
  • "The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land."
  • "The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast."
  • "The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days."
  • "Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table."
  • "Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast."
  • "The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers."

Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

  • "Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States."
  • "Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
  • "Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving."
  • "The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's."
  • "In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season."
  • "Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year."
  • "Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm."

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • "In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations."
  • "Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey."
  • "Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States."
  • "Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States."
  • "Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada."
  • "Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season."

Did you know that about 88% of the Americans eat turkey

so about 12% of Americans don't eat turkey.

Did you know that 28% of fresh turkey's are contaminated

and you can be killed.

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Have a happy Thanksgiving !!!!!

Jane Cardenas