Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving is celebrated by Canadians and Americans alike. Here are some Thanksgiving facts and trivia for your consumption. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. In the United States, we observe the Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday in November as a way to give thanks and get together with family and friends.

However, many people don’t know the origin and history of this special occasion. In fact, Thanksgiving was originally observed as a religious celebration. Americans today see this holiday differently. People from all works of life, regardless of their background, beliefs, and culture,  celebrate Thanksgiving.

Interesting Thanksgiving Facts:

  • Martin Frobisher held the first Canadian Thanksgiving in 1578 upon his return from a journey to England.
  • In 1621, the first American Thanksgiving was held at Plymouth by pilgrims and puritans during a good harvest year. Thanksgiving became an annual affair in the 1660s.
  • Did you know that each year, the President of the United States gives a turkey a pardon to live freely and never become a feast for our munching pleasure?
  • Native Americans  ‘Wampanoag Indians” were invited to the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebrations lasted for three days.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, the first Thanksgiving feast did not involve a turkey, corn on the cob or mashed potatoes.  Instead, items such as chicken, lobster, rabbit, onions, dried fruit, chestnuts, carrots, leeks, and honey were served.
  • Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863 after much persuasion from Sarah Joseph Hale- the writer of Mary Had A Little Lamb.
  • Macy’s began it’s annual Thanksgiving parade in the 1920s.
  • As many as 280 million turkey lives are sacrificed during each Thanksgiving period.
  • Black Friday always falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It is the official Christmas shopping day.
  • Also, commercially raised turkeys can not fly.

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