“Thanksgiving” is around the corner. In Anglo-Saxon countries like the US and Canada it is one of the most common festivities in which the lack of roast turkey, cakes and a family atmosphere is forbidden. It is not linked to any religion but rather to think of the things you are grateful.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THANKSGIVING
There are many stories day after Thanksgiving, certainly you do not expect it! Here are ten of them:
- When the English settlers and Native Americans ate together after the first harvest, they ate lobster, seals and swans. Something very different to what we now eat on this day: turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
- This day was not a national holiday in the US until 1863, later more than 200 years that the English settlers came to Massachusetts.
- Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day holiday, President Roosevelt (1941) decided to be held on the fourth Thursday of November.
- In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Because Canada is farther north than the United States, so the harvest ends almost two months earlier.
- The first was held in Canada was in 1879, but only the current date is set at 1957.
- Two of the dishes normally eaten at Thanksgiving are natives of America: The turkey and cranberries. Sometimes pumpkins and sweet potatoes are also used.
- The first parade in New York was in 1924 when employees of Macy Animal Zoo Central Park through the streets of Manhattan. Snoopy balloon always appears in the parade to commemorate the moment.
- Between 1939 and 1941, Texas and Colorado celebrating Thanksgiving twice in November, because governments could not decide which day celebration.
- Many Thanksgiving dinners end with people in the hospital for indigestion. In English it is called “food coma” for the dream you have after such feasts. Some say it is caused by a chemical in turkey, tryptophan, others say it’s only for going to eat.
- Although the Pilgrims came to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, they had planned to arrive in New York City at the mouth of the Hudson River.