Thanks for what?
Thanksgiving was founded as a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose (their first harvest in the case of this version).
- The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
- The Pilgrims celebrated a harvest festival with the Native Americans in 1621, and their ancient Anglo-Saxon ancestors also celebrated autumn harvest festivals.
- A Pilgrim is a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion.
- The people who formed the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England.
- 102 Pilgrims sailed on a ship to America, which was known by the name of ‘Mayflower’. (half of them only wanted a ride)
- The peace between the Native Americans and settlers only lasted for a generation. Held every year on the island of Alcatraz since 1975, “Unthanksgiving Day” commemorates the survival of Native Americans following the arrival and settlement of Europeans in the Americas
- But Thanksgiving wasn’t an official annual event until 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed, “…set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
On Thanksgiving food:
- 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. The only things known to have been served on the first thanksgiving were dear, dowl, corn, cod bass and other fish.
- Smashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
- Cranberries are only one of three fruits native to America (20% of them consumed during thnksgiving)
- A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.
- Turkeys got their name from the “Turks“. They used to smuggle “turkey fowl” (like creatures) from Madagascar to Europe via the Ottoman empire (Ottamn are the name of the Turkish empire back in the day). When they saw the american turkey, they dropped the “fowl”.
- Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
On the Thanksgiving day:
- Thanksgiving Day is actually the busiest travel day, even more so than the day before Thanksgiving, as most people believe.
- The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, marks the beggining of the Chistmas shopping.
The world on Thanksgiving:
- The celebration of the Mid-Autumn, or Moon Festival in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and other East Asian countries, also involves food and family and friends. During the Mid-Autumn festival, people come back home to be with their family. It’s one of the biggest holidays in eastern Asia.
[Source: Today I found out]
- Thanksgiving by the numbers (cnn.com)
- Vegan Thanksgivings! Still need ideas? (vegpocalypsenow.wordpress.com)