Facts About The History & Origins Of Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in the month of November across the United States of America. Accordingly, millions of American people gather for a special day filled with family gathering, feasting and football. Roasted turkey, candied yarns, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are popular dishes served on Thanksgiving Day.
WHO INVENTED THANKSGIVING?
Thanksgiving was celebrated for the first time as a three-day feast during the early autumn during 1621. At that time, Native Americans and Pilgrims celebrated it at the Plymouth Plantation in the city of Massachusetts. Here, the Native American tribe was Wampanoag, who celebrated Thanksgiving for first time with other pilgrims.
WHY DID THE PILGRIMS CELEBRATE THE FIRST THANKSGIVING?
Along with Native Americans, the Pilgrims of the USA celebrated Thanksgiving to express their gratefulness for the successful harvest in their New World. Thus, at the time of feast, the Pilgrims highlighted their tradition to thank God to get a bountiful feast. Both Wampanoag tribes and the Pilgrims dined on enough food items, which last for about one week. The food items mainly consist of flint corn, fowl, porridge, squash, shellfish, chestnuts and venison.
WHEN DID THANKSGIVING BECOME A NATIONAL HOLIDAY?
George Washington, the first president of the United States of America declared the day of thanks and prayer i.e. the Thanksgiving Day as the national day in the year 1789. However, according to the latest updates, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the Thanksgiving Day as one among of the official federal holidays in the year 1863. He also referred the day as a national day of Praise and Thanksgiving to the beneficent Father, as He dwelleth in the Heavens.
COMMON THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS
Prayer and Charity :
Most of the worship places offer prayers and special services on the Thanksgiving Day, where you may visit with your family members and friends. Alternatively, you may involve in charity work on the Thanksgiving Day. Positively, you will find many communities launching food drives to collect canned, packaged and non-perishable food items to serve to less fortunate ones. Also, you may search for different ways to serve food items/leftovers to other people.
Most of the family members in the United States of America take turns to share whatever they perceive to be most thankful for at the time of serving their Thanksgiving meals.
Furcular Bone or Wishbone :
Once family members slice the turkey i.e. the roasted poultry and tug on among them, furcular bone or wishbone takes place. Here the wishbone intends to crack the turkey to its half. According to the story related to wishbone, whoever breaks off the big turkey piece of the furcular/wishbone, he or she will get a special wish granted.
Festive Crafts for Kids :
Young kids across the nation create varieties of festive crafts at both school and at home for commemorating the Thanksgiving national holiday. Whether it is a turkey designed by tracing little hands, featured headdresses and Pilgrim hats, you will get a glimpse of creativity among children.
Playing and Watching Football :
Football and turkey go hand in hand for most of the American people, as they usually spend most of their Thanksgiving Days by playing or watching football.
Pardoning of a Turkey :
In the year 1947, Harry Truman, then President of the United States, pardoned a turkey before the day scheduled to serve as a main course at the Thanksgiving dinner at White House. From then, pardoning of a lucky bird i.e. turkey by the USA President has become an annual event at the White House on Thanksgiving Festival.