Thanksgiving is an annual feast when we gather together with family and friends to enjoy a day full of food and fun. This day is celebrated to commemorate the coming together of the pilgrims and the Native Americans. The first ever thanksgiving took place in 1621 and the celebration lasted for 3 long days. It became a national holiday in 1864 when the President Abraham Lincoln made the announcement. Initially, it was set on the 4th Thursday in November. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it to the third Thursday in November. In 1941, it was reversed.
Quick Facts: –
- The President pardons a turkey every year which is guaranteed to spend rest of its life living freely.
- Sarah Josepha Hale wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” in an effort to convince President Lincoln to make this day a national holiday.
- According to National Turkey Federation 88% of American have turkey on thanksgiving. Americans eat 46 million turkeys each year on this day.
- Minnesota is the top-turkey producing state in the United States with a total production of more than 45 million.
- The snoopy balloon has appeared more than any other balloon in the Macy’s annual parade for this celebration.
- The Macy’s parade began in 1924with 400 employees marching from Convent Ave to 145th street in NYC.
- At the first thanksgiving celebration, people ate using knives, spoons and their fingers. They did not use forks because they were not invented.
- It is the most popular holiday for turkey consumption.
- To accompany the meal full of turkey meat you do require a lot of cranberries.