One of the most cherished celebrations in the United States is on our doorstep; yet how much do you actually know about Thanksgiving. Here are 10 facts you might not know about Thanksgiving in the US.
Canada and the United States do not celebrate Thanksgiving on the same date. Thanksgiving in Canada falls on the second Monday of October while in the US it is the fourth Thursday in November.
The origins of Thanksgiving in the United States is attributed to the feast shared by the Plymouth Pilgrim settlers with the Wampanoag Indians, which is considered by most to be the first Thanksgiving dinner, However, the exact date of the meal is unknown and is supposed to have happened between September 20 and November 9, 1621.
It is believed that the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Plymouth Pilgrims lasted three days.
4 . Alongside 52 Pilgrims, approximately 50 Native Americans attended the first Thanksgiving feast.
On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln made the Thanksgiving Proclamation to grant the fourth Thursday in November a national holiday, although Congress did not pass the law until December 26, 1941.
While mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and cranberries are part and parcel of Thanksgiving dinners all over the US today, the original meal would have more likely consisted of chicken, rabbit, fish, squash, nuts, beans, goat cheese and maple syrup.
7. Forget your forks this Thanksgiving. It is more than likely that the Pilgrims ate with spoons and knives, if not with their fingers!
8. The annual custom of the US President pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving is an ongoing tradition that started in full swing with Harry Truman, although there are records of earlier presidents giving clemency to a turkey on Thanksgiving.
9. The largest and heaviest turkey to date is supposed to have weighed 86 pounds. That’s around the size of a pretty big dog!
10. If you like statistics; approximately 280 million turkeys are bought each year at Thanksgiving.
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