Thanksgiving Day! All you need to know

Thanksgiving Day 2017! All you need to know

Americans never forget to celebrate any occasion especially when it comes to the Thanksgiving Day, the festivity is worth seeing. The decorations, the zest, the spread, the dressing up, eateries and the media pouring its attention all over it makes the celebrations more cherish able.

Thanksgiving 2017

This year’s day is round the corner and we’ll have to wait for a couple more days until the US and other regions are wrapped in its celebrations. If you are a proud American and love the smell of turkey and gravy, then be ready to relish on some special and exotic fiestas. Prepare for the party as it marks the start of the holiday season.

Rejoice this special and historical day on the 23rd of November, but before the day arrives there is a lot to tell you about the history, facts and traditions about it. We have gathered some cool facts that are surely going to increase your knowledge about this auspicious occasion.

What is Thanksgiving?

From the last few decades, 1939 to be exact, this day falls on the 4th Thursday of November in America and the rest of the world, except Canada where it is celebrated one month earlier. It’s a public holiday and it originated from the festival of harvesting centuries ago. Thanksgiving is the part of the broader holiday season that includes Christmas and New Year.

Basically, as the name suggests, it’s the day of thanking God for all the blessings. This expressing of gratitude dates back to 1621, when Native Americans stepped in to help the English settlers with their farming. After a successful harvest, the pilgrims invited them to join in a three day feast at Plymouth, now known as Massachusetts.

The tradition behind the big bird

Americans love to eat and when it comes to winter and the day of blessings, turkey is the go to dish for them. There’re a lot of theories about how this tradition started. Here are a few:

  • Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote a letter in 1621 in which he mentioned the hunting of turkey before the night meal.
  • Queen Elizabeth I was having dinner and she heard about the sinking of Spanish ships which were on their way to attack England. She got excited by the news and ordered another bird.
  • Immigrants who settled in US in the 17th century roasted turkeys because they were pretty much inspired by its actions.
  • One famous theory states that as these birds were found in abundance and native to North America so they became a feasible choice for the early settlers.

Speciality dishes

Turkey

Thanksgiving Day in America is incomplete without a turkey. You'd always find different recipes on the dining tables including roasted, brined and deep-fried versions.

Turducken
A combo of three birds, turkey, duck and chicken, stuffed into each other is becoming quite popular on this day and this dish is originated from Louisiana. All the three birds are de-boned and turkey is stuffed with a duck and the duck is stuffed by a small chicken. The cavity of the chicken is completely filled with a breadcrumb mixture.

Pies
Talking about Pies, the pumpkin pies lead the way followed by pecan, apple, sweet potato, and mincemeat pies are also noticeable.

Stuffing for roasted turkey
When the Turkey is roasted, a mixture of bread cubes, carrots, chopped celery, onions and sage are stuffed inside. At some places chestnuts, chopped bacon, raisins or apples are also included in the stuffing.

Football

American football is integral to the celebrations of this much awaited day. The first football game was hosted at The University of Detroit stadium in 1934, which saw Detroit Lions against the Chicago bears. From then onwards, the celebrations aren’t complete without a football game.

Since then, Detroit has played a game every year except the years of WWII. Let’s not forget to mention the Dallas cowboys, who played every year since 1966, missing in 1975 and 1977.

The Macy's parade

Another special tradition of this holiday that is worth stating is the Macy’s parade in the city of New York. It’s a procession that involves a spectacular show of floats, cheerleaders, marching bands and gigantic balloons including hedgehog and sonic balloons.

It was started in 1920s by the immigrants and it used to begin from 145th street in Harlem and ended at herald square, which makes a route of 6 miles. Now the route has been changed since 2012 and it’s been rerouted to Sixth Avenue, eliminating Times Square.

New York City officials preview the parade route and try to remove as many potential obstacles out of the way, including traffic signals.

Pardoning the thanks giving turkey

One special tradition of this day is the pardoning of the turkey, where a turkey is presented to the president of America by the National Turkey Federation. The best part of this tradition is that the turkey is pardoned and allowed to live a natural life.

Since 2013, the bird is sent to the Moven Park, Virginia USA. This year, the pardoning will be done on 22 of November 2017.

A few fun facts about Thanksgiving

  • 91% of the Americans eat turkey on this day.
  • In the initial days the feast was three days long.
  • Around 300 million turkeys are sold for this day’s celebration.
  • It is also known as T day, Turkey day (due to consumption of turkeys) and Macy’s day.
  • Canadians sometimes call it Yanksgiving day to distinguish between their day and the American’s.
  • According to The Guinness Book of Records the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09 kg at the annual “heaviest turkey” competition held in London, England on December 12, 1989.
  • A national holiday was declared on this day by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 and it was to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving day and a wonderful holiday season ahead.

Happy Turkeying!

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