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Thanksgiving Day mainly started as a day of offering thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and other blessings of the preceding year. It’s a national holiday in the various dates in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands and Liberia. Nowadays Thanksgiving Day is celebrated with intent to have some good time with the family, enjoy watching football and relishing a lavish meal of turkey.
Here are a few interesting bits about Thanksgiving Day to keep you amused apart from football and Turkey.
The first-ever Thanksgiving began as a three- day harvest festival in 1621, which included over 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians with only five women as per the historians.
Thanksgiving was nowhere associated with Turkey in the beginning. Instead, Duck, geese, oysters, lobster, fish alongside pumpkins and cranberries used to be a part of the Thanksgiving menus.
The custom of sparing turkey started way back in 1947 by President Truman, who pardoned the first turkey since then the U.S. President, saves a turkey from being slaughtered at Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, Turkey is sent to a farm to live out its days.
There are some places named Turkey in the US, such as Turkey - Arizona, Turkey- Louisiana, Turkey -North Carolina, and Turkey –Texas.
In 1920 the very first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was organized; since then, it has become almost synonymous with Thanksgiving Day.
"Jingle Bells" – the famous Christmas anthem was initially been a Thanksgiving Day song.
There are about 46 million turkeys cooked for the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, which indeed shows that for millions of people, Turkey is an essential part of the Thanksgiving celebration meal.
“Drinksgiving’’ is another special day which is celebrated on the Wednesday just before the annual feast of the Thanksgiving Day. It is also known to be the busiest days of the year for the bars and pubs.
Butterball –a Turkey Talk-Line started over 35 years ago in 1991 has been answering more than 100,000 turkeys-related questions through online chat and email. This hotline service is open every November to December in the U.S and Canada.
And last but not least, the average turkey weighs around 15 pounds, and it’s not the female turkey, but only the male turkeys gobble.
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